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Cross-sectional study of alteration of phantom limb pain with visceral stimulation in military personnel with amputation

Michael Rafferty, MRCS, et al.

Phantom limb pain is a common finding in military personnel with limb amputations. Less well recognized is the phenomenon of phantom limb pain increasing when the bowels or bladder are stimulated, either by filling or emptying. In this study, 75 inpatients at a military rehabilitation hospital were asked whether they had phantom limb pain that increased with bowel or bladder stimulation. In total, 42 of the 75 reported that they did. It is hoped that wider recognition of this phenomenon may lead to further research that will benefit those who experience it.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.04.0114

Volume 52 Number 4, 2015
   Pages 441 — 448


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as:
Rafferty M, Bennett Britton TM, Drew BT, Phillip RD. Cross-sectional study of alteration of phantom limb pain with visceral stimulation in military personnel with amputation. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(4):441–48.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.04.0114
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