phantom limb pain


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phan·tom limb pain

the painful sensations experienced in an amputated (phantom) limb, most often the upper extremity; typically comprises burning or aching pain, exacerbated by attempted movement of the phantom limb and by emotional stimuli.
Chronic intense pain localised to the site of an amputated or denervated limb; 60–70% of amputees have a phantom limb sensation; 10–15% have phantom limb syndrome; the pain often reflects the amount of pre-amputation pain, and is often refractory to excision of amputation neuroma, rubbing, electrical stimulation, peripheral nerve or spinal blocks, narcotics, sympathectomy
Treatment Use of a mirror in a box that places the intact limb visually in the same site as the missing extremity; with the use of symmetrical movements, the patient ‘unlearns’ activities that were formerly carried out by the missing limb

phan·tom limb

, phantom limb pain (fan'tŏm lim, pān)
The sensation that an amputated limb is still present, often associated with painful paresthesia.
Synonym(s): pseudesthesia (3) .

phantom limb pain,

n pain felt by an amputated individual that seems to be arise from the missing limb; often managed by learning to increase flow of blood to the residual limb.

phan·tom limb pain

(fan'tŏm lim pān)
Painful sensations experienced in an amputated (phantom) limb, most often an upper limb.
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