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Phantom limb experiences in congenital limb-deficient adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7805388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This case report describes phantom limbs in four adults with congenital limb deficiency. Case 1, with congenital absence of the left arm below the elbow, received a minor injury of the stump at age 16 and subsequently developed a full-length phantom arm, hand and fingers. Cases 2 and 3, at the ages of 26 and 30, underwent minor surgery of the lower limbs and subsequently developed vivid, full-length phantoms of their legs. Case 4, aged 31, was born with a shortened and deformed right leg, and underwent amputation of the foot and deformed part of the leg at age 3. Beginning at age 6, she developed a full-length phantom leg and foot that touched the floor, which persisted for more than 20 years. The descriptions by these four adults lend credibility to earlier reports of phantom limbs in congenital limb-deficient children. They also indicate that these phantoms may persist into adulthood.
E S Saadah; R Melzack
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0010-9452     ISO Abbreviation:  Cortex     Publication Date:  1994 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-02-01     Completed Date:  1995-02-01     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0100725     Medline TA:  Cortex     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  479-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, Brighton, U.K.
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MeSH Terms
Abnormalities, Drug-Induced / physiopathology*,  psychology
Arm / innervation
Artificial Limbs
Ectromelia / chemically induced,  physiopathology*,  psychology
Leg / innervation
Peripheral Nerves / physiopathology
Phantom Limb / chemically induced,  physiopathology*,  psychology
Somatosensory Cortex / physiopathology
Thalidomide / adverse effects*
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