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What predisposes someone to phantom limb?

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Dr. Sean MacKenzie
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Common

Having a limb before amputation.
Almost everyone who has had an amputation gets phantom limb - the sensation that the limb is still there. It often feels like the limb is longer or shorter than it used to be (telescoping) or that it is at a different angle. This is different from phantom pain, which will affect a smaller % of the people with amputations.

In brief: Common

Having a limb before amputation.
Almost everyone who has had an amputation gets phantom limb - the sensation that the limb is still there. It often feels like the limb is longer or shorter than it used to be (telescoping) or that it is at a different angle. This is different from phantom pain, which will affect a smaller % of the people with amputations.
Dr. Sean MacKenzie
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bad artery blockage

The most common reason for limb amputation is peripheral artery disease (pad).
When an affected limb has so little circulation that it requires amputation the longer the time between having severe pain in the leg and amputation, the more likely phantom limb pain will develop. Amputations for infection or trauma have less incidence of phantom pain but it can happen.

In brief: Bad artery blockage

The most common reason for limb amputation is peripheral artery disease (pad).
When an affected limb has so little circulation that it requires amputation the longer the time between having severe pain in the leg and amputation, the more likely phantom limb pain will develop. Amputations for infection or trauma have less incidence of phantom pain but it can happen.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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