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What causes phantom limb pain after amputation?

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Many factors

The exact cause of phantom limb pain is not completely clear. Cutting the nerves that went to the limb and later attempts by the body to heal the nerve play a role.
It is also known that the area of the brain that controlled movement of the limb prior to the amputation may interpret sensation from the stump as coming from the amputated portion of the limb and that this might be painful.

In brief: Many factors

The exact cause of phantom limb pain is not completely clear. Cutting the nerves that went to the limb and later attempts by the body to heal the nerve play a role.
It is also known that the area of the brain that controlled movement of the limb prior to the amputation may interpret sensation from the stump as coming from the amputated portion of the limb and that this might be painful.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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In brief: Unknown

You are asking what causes phantom limb sensation.
There are limits in medicine. We know patients describe phantom pain and sensation after amputation. Research continues to show new insights but your doctor will be able to refer you to a neurologist.

In brief: Unknown

You are asking what causes phantom limb sensation.
There are limits in medicine. We know patients describe phantom pain and sensation after amputation. Research continues to show new insights but your doctor will be able to refer you to a neurologist.
Dr. Randy Stevens
Dr. Randy Stevens
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Unknown

The reason is not completely know.

In brief: Unknown

The reason is not completely know.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: See below

No one is really sure although the evidence suggests that if the limb was painful prior to the amputation, there is a higher liklihood of phantom pain after the amputation.

In brief: See below

No one is really sure although the evidence suggests that if the limb was painful prior to the amputation, there is a higher liklihood of phantom pain after the amputation.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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