Sudeck's atrophy


Sudeck's atrophy (a.k.a. complex regional pain syndrome) often occurs in the setting of prolonged disuse of a region of the body - the feet and hands being prime sites.

Plain film features include:

  • diffuse periarticular osteopenia
  • maintained joint spaces
  • soft tissue swelling.

The appearances are rather "Aunt Minnie" in nature, especially in the correct clinical context.