phantom limb


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phantom limb

n.
1. A limb that is felt to be present as part of the body after having been amputated.
2. The often painful sensation of the presence of such a limb.

phantom limb

n
(Medicine) the illusion that a limb still exists following its amputation, sometimes with pain (phantom limb pain)

phantom limb

Imagined sensations in a limb that has been amputated. These result from nerve ends in the stump which continue to convey misleading messages to the brain.
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Noun1.phantom limb - the illusion that a limb still exists after it has been amputated
illusion, semblance - an erroneous mental representation
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It has been argued that faulty proprioceptive input is a cause of pain in health conditions such as phantom limb pain (Flor et al 2001, Flor et al 2006, Harris 1999, Ramachandran 2005, Ramachandran et al 1995) and complex regional pain syndrome (Harris 1999, McCabe et al 2005, McCabe et al 2003).
He has one foot in the modernist and humanist search for meaning, another foot in the artist's sense of play and wonder at his formal means--and still another foot, a third phantom limb that represents his propensity for doubling, mirroring, and returning.
His artificial appendage and his absent, yet strangely "present" flesh and blood arm create an uncanny split that is most clearly evident when Sousa de Menezes experiences the phantom limb syndrome.
The two most common pain reactions following an amputation include phantom limb and residual limb pain (Hill, 1999; Sherman, 1997).
Specifically the researchers included claims coded as diabetic neuropathy; postherpetic neuralgia; back and neck pain with neuropathic involvement; cancer with neuropathic involvement; causalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and related disorders; HIV/AIDS with neuropathic involvement; phantom limb pain; trigeminal neuralgia; atypical face pain; or other disorders of the peripheral nervous system associated with neuropathic pain.
This concept is also used to reduce phantom limb pain in amputees.
In setting out to learn more about this baffling condition, called Phantom Limb, Sternburg discovered more than she had expected, encountering and developing new ideas about the mind-body relationship.
Here, gender, modernity, and identity are played out on the raw nerve of the phantom limb.
Phantom vision is in many respects simi lar to the phenomenal persistence of a body part after amputation, that is, phantom somesthesis or the phantom limb phenomenon.
Cohen and other researchers speculate that rTMS trained on specific brain areas can encourage recovery from strokes, spinal cord injuries, and even amputations, that cause so-called phantom limb pain.
2 T-type calcium channel is a common pathway in the development of neuropathic pain from diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, cancer, HIV, trauma, phantom limb and chemotherapy.
Objective: To find out the frequency of phantom limb pain (PLP) in a sample of Pakistani amputee population presenting with amputation due to trauma and to investigate its relationship with different socio- demographic and clinical factors.