Definition of causalgia in US English:



  • Severe burning pain in a limb caused by injury to a peripheral nerve.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Major causalgia is the best example of efferent dysfunction secondary to sensory nerve damage and RSD.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek kausos ‘heat, fever’ + -algia.