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What causes phantom limb?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Phantom limb syndrome is the term for when a person still feels the limb after amputation of that limb.
It is thought to be a phenomenon that is generated in the brain by our "map" of that body part that has existed since birth. In most people this phantom fades away with time. In a small number of people, their will be pain in the phantom limb and this is a more difficult situation.

In brief: See below

Phantom limb syndrome is the term for when a person still feels the limb after amputation of that limb.
It is thought to be a phenomenon that is generated in the brain by our "map" of that body part that has existed since birth. In most people this phantom fades away with time. In a small number of people, their will be pain in the phantom limb and this is a more difficult situation.
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