residual limb

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1. one of the paired appendages of the body used in locomotion and grasping; see arm and leg. Called also member, membrum, and extremity.
2. a structure or part resembling an arm or leg.
anacrotic limb ascending limb (def. 2).
artificial limb a replacement for a missing limb; see also prosthesis.
ascending limb
1. the distal part of Henle's loop.
2. the ascending portion of an arterial pulse tracing; called also anacrotic limb.
catacrotic limb descending limb (def. 2).
descending limb
1. the proximal part of Henle's loop.
2. the descending portion of an arterial pulse tracing; called also catacrotic limb.
lower limb the limb of the body extending from the gluteal region to the foot; it is specialized for weight-bearing and locomotion. See also leg.
pectoral limb the arm (upper limb), or a homologous part.
pelvic limb the leg (lower limb), or a homologous part.
phantom limb the sensation, after amputation of a limb, that the absent part is still present; there may also be paresthesias, transient aches, and intermittent or continuous pain perceived as originating in the absent limb.
residual limb stump.
thoracic limb pectoral limb.
upper limb the limb of the body extending from the deltoid region to the hand; it is specialized for functions requiring great mobility, such as grasping and manipulating. See also arm.

residual limb

the portion of a limb remaining after an amputation.


1. An arm or leg.
2. An extremity.
3. A limblike extension of a structure.

anacrotic limb

The ascending portion of the pulse wave.

anterior limb of internal capsule

The lenticulocaudate portion that lies between the lenticular and caudate nuclei.

ascending limb of renal tubule

The portion of the tubule between the bend in the Henle loop and the distal convoluted tubule.

catacrotic limb

The descending portion of the pulse wave.

descending limb of renal tubule

The portion of the tubule between the proximal convoluted tubule and the bend in the Henle loop.

pectoral limb

The upper extremity.

pelvic limb

The lower extremity.

phantom limb

See: phantom sensation

residual limb


thoracic limb

The upper extremity.
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Out of 29 participants, 20 had residual limb problems, with 18 claiming pain as a limiting factor for ambulation.
The authors reasoned that less residual limb pistoning within the VAS socket may be the basis for the observed increase in gait symmetry.
This residual limb was simply too short to accept the length of the implant.
Botulinum toxin type B in the treatment of residual limb hyperhidrosis for lower limb amputees: A pilot study.
Based on this theoretical understanding, it is possible to appreciate the important role soft tissue loading is thought to play in terms of stabilizing the residual limb and quadrilateral socket in the coronal plane as well as minimizing complications.
Properties of the residual limb and prosthesis were calculated using a pendulum method [40-41].
Ideally, a reliable, cheap, and easy to use method for measuring residual limb volume should be available for clinical practice.
The majority of temperature recordings of the residual limb are performed to detect the level of reamputation surgery, vascular integrity, and exploration of phantom pain syndrome [33].
TEHRAN (FNA)- Scientists have used functional MRI to show how the brain re-maps motor and sensory pathways following targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR), a neuroprosthetic approach where residual limb nerves are rerouted towards intact muscles and skin regions to control a robotic limb.
2,9,10) It is also suggested that back pain can be more bothersome to the patient with amputation than pain related to cither the residual limb or phantom limb.
5-3 months after discharge, five had mild to no residual deficits, three had moderate improvement with residual limb weakness, and one had moderate improvement, but was not ambulatory without assistance.
Assessment of the residual limb, previously identified as the stump (Gulanick & Myers, 2014), should include the most distal pulse, movement, sensation, and skin color and temperature with comparison to the unaffected limb.