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What is the difference between phantom pain & stump pain?

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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
See below: Phantom limb pain is a diagnosis of exclusion after the following causes of PERSISTENT Stump pain are ruled out: ischemia(poor arterial blood supply to limb); neuroma formation ; pressure point developing over a bone spur or abnormal bone formation; and infection(osteomyelitis or residual graft infection). If the preceeding causes have been ruled out then the pain is considered phantom limb pain.

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