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

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.

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Title Annotation:JRRD at a Glance
Author:Rafferty, Michael
Publication:Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development
Article Type:Report
Date:Apr 1, 2015
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