Nncsincorporation of another person's limb into body image relieves phantom limb pain

A case study

Sharon R. Weeks, Jack Tsao

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Abstract

Phantom limb phenomena are well characterized, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we report a patient who relieves his phantom sensations and pain, experienced as itching and cramping, through scratching or massaging his prosthesis or the leg of another person. This pain relief occurs only when phantom limb sensations are present. We hypothesize that symptom relief results from incorporation of the foreign limb into the patient's body image, mediated by the sensory mirror neuron system, relieving pain by restoring concordance between sensory systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-465
Number of pages5
JournalNeurocase
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Phantom Limb
Body Image
Extremities
Mirror Neurons
Artificial Limbs
Pain
Sensory Receptor Cells
Pruritus
Person
Relief

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology

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Nncsincorporation of another person's limb into body image relieves phantom limb pain : A case study. / Weeks, Sharon R.; Tsao, Jack.

In: Neurocase, Vol. 16, No. 6, 01.12.2010, p. 461-465.

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