Navigation Links
Phantom limbs more common than previously thought
Date:9/24/2010

Milan, Italy, 24 September 2010 After the loss of a limb, most patients experience the feeling of a phantom limb the vivid illusion that the amputated arm or leg is still present. Damage to the nervous system, such as stroke, may cause similar illusions in weakened limbs, whereby an arm or leg may feel as if it is in a completely different position or may even feel as if it is moving when it is not. Cases of phantom limbs in non-amputees have previously been considered rare events, but a new study published in the October 2010 issue of Elsevier's Cortex (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cortex) reports that more than half of patients recovering from stroke may in fact experience phantom limb sensations.

Dr Daniel Antoniello from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, together with colleagues from the Universities of Colorado and Florida, and New York University, interviewed 50 post-stroke patients, with the aim of establishing how common phantom limbs were and also determining the characteristics of such experiences. They found 27 of the interviewees to have experienced phantom limb sensations, many on a daily basis; they would move to adjust their position in bed, only to discover that their arm was underneath them, instead of beside them; others would feel their toes or fingers wiggling, even though they were not; some were even able to control their phantom limb, e.g., extending the arm to scratch an itch, which would of course not relieve the itch.

Dr Antoniello suggests that a possible reason for the phenomenon being underreported is that "patients fear being labeled 'crazy' and are less likely to report these sensations than other symptoms." A detailed exploration of body image has also not been part of the standard clinical assessment of stroke patients.

"The study sheds light on how the phenomenal experience of one's body can be altered after neurological damage," explains Dr Antoniello. "Remarkably, some of these individuals are able to control their phantom limbs with near total volition. This report has identified a group of patients that provide a valuable opportunity to explore how the brain constructs the conscious perception of the body."


'/>"/>

Contact: Laura Fabri
l.fabri@elsevier.com
39-028-818-4353
Elsevier
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Obesity Behind Rise of Phantom Brain Tumors in Children
2. New Study Uses Adult Stem Cells in Effort to Save Limbs of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease
3. Adapting to clogged airways makes common pathogen resist powerful drugs
4. A common cholesterol drug fights cataracts, too
5. U.S. National Guard Connects Nationwide with Desktop Alert's Command and Control Mass Notification Systems and Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)
6. US21, Inc. is Granted a Wholesale Distributor Permit from the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Pharmacy
7. New therapeutic target for most common solid cancer in childhood?
8. Migraine More Common in Women with MS
9. Contrast-enhanced MRI could play a key role in differentiating between common types of arthritis
10. Six "Common Sense" Points Not Included In The Health Care Discussion? Should They Be?
11. Six "Common Sense" Points Not Included In The Health Care Discussion? Should They Be?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Most us are familiar with the sound of occasional popping ... Osteoarthritis Initiative shows that certain people who experience consistent joint popping, grating and ... doctors the opportunity to treat patients before the problem becomes pronounced, potentially hedging off ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... pleased to announce a new educational seminar to focus on current legislative activity ... News(LEARN) seminar will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, and will continue ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Boar’s Head Brand®, ... recipes for Memorial Day entertaining that are sure to satisfy your guests’ flavor ... sliced meats and cheeses featured in these refreshingly balanced recipes are packed with ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... focusing on the Peace Agreements being discussed by President Donald Trump and the rest ... to try to speed up peace talks in the continuous battle between Israel and ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... “When the Stars Lead Home”: a poignant story of loss, determination, and perseverance. ... an avid reader who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter, two ... Camp. She couldn’t be more grateful. , Twelve-year old Tizzy could not believe how ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/6/2017)... , May 5, 2017   Provista , a proven ... than 200,000 customers, today announced Jim Cunniff as ... of executive and business experience to Provista, including most recently ... in California . He assumed his new ... is a great fit for Provista," says Jody Hatcher ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... Tenn. , May 4, 2017  A ... Infection Control, Ultraviolet-C light as a ... Tru-D SmartUVC,s ability to reduce bioburden on anesthesia ... bioburden reduction on high-touch, complex medical equipment surfaces ... surgical infections. "This study further validates ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... May 4, 2017  A new tight-tolerance microextrusion ... other highly-engineered materials, is being launched by Natvar, ... been developed in recent years to service a ... surgical applications. More expensive materials such as glass ... tubing due to their ability to consistently hold ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: