One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Severe burning pain in a limb caused by injury to a peripheral nerve.
- ‘Acute complete ischaemia can lead to peripheral nerve injury that manifests as the chronic pain syndrome, also referred to as causalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and many other terms.’
- ‘Major causalgia is the best example of efferent dysfunction secondary to sensory nerve damage and RSD.’
- ‘The syndrome, originally termed causalgia, was first used in 1864, to describe the typical burning pain caused by vasomotor disturbances following peripheral nerve injuries from gunshot wounds.’
- ‘But what other employment lifestyle threatens Sudeck's atrophy, causalgia, stellate ganglion blockades, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus while still bombarding you with offers for herbal Viagra?’
Mid 19th century: from Greek kausos ‘heat, fever’ + -algia.
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