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Phantom-Limb Pain Due to Cervical Spinal TuberculosisA Case Report
Yogesh K. Pithwa, MS(Orth), DNB(Orth), D(Orth)1; S. Rajasekaran, PhD, FRCS(Ed), MCh(Orth), MS(Orth), DNB(Orth), D(Orth)1
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Unit, Ganga Medical Centre and Hospitals, Swarnambika Layout, Ramnagar, Coimbatore 641 009, India. E-mail address for S. Rajasekaran: rajaorth@eth.net
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The authors did not receive grants or outside funding in support of their research or preparation of this manuscript. They did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.
Investigation performed at Ganga Medical Centre and Hospitals, Coimbatore, India

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2004 Jun 01;86(6):1289-1291
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Phantom-limb sensations refer to the phenomenon of feeling the presence of an amputated limb. Phantomlimb pain refers to the sensation of pain in this limb. This is a form of deafferentation pain, which refers to pain originating from neural injury. In a survey study by Sherman et al. of 2694 patients who had had an amputation, phantom sensations were reported by 2101 patients (78%) postoperatively1; 1282 (61%) of those patients reported a decrease of this phenomenon over an average period of twenty-six years. In a retrospective study of 176 patients who had undergone amputation of a lower limb, Houghton et al. reported that phantom sensations were experienced by 141 patients (80%) and phantom pain, by 134 (76%)2. However, only thirty-eight patients (22%) reported severe phantom pain.
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