Heroin-induced rhabdomyolysis as a cause of reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Bi Fang Lee, Nan Tsing Chiu, Wei Hsi Chen, Gin Chung Liu, Hsin Su Yu

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Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is an excessive or abnormal response of the sympathetic nervous system in an extremity to an injury or other condition. The authors describe a 37-year-old man who experienced constant pain and vasomotor instability in both feet after nontraumatic rhabdomyolysis secondary to smoking heroin. Three-phase bone scintigraphy was performed and revealed significantly increased blood-flow, blood-pool, and delayed-phase radioactivity. The follow-up three-phase bone scinitigram showed less radiotracer uptake that was consistent with a good response to calcitonin therapy. Heroin-induced rhabdomyolysis should be added to the list of precipitating conditions that can induce this syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-292
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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