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[Phantom limb pain: from physiopathology to prevention].

Authors
  • Roullet, S1
  • Nouette-Gaulain, K
  • Brochet, B
  • Sztark, F
  • 1 Service d'anesthésie-réanimation I, groupe hospitalier Pellegrin, CHU de Bordeaux, place Amélie-Raba-Léon, 33076 Bordeaux, France. , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annales francaises d'anesthesie et de reanimation
Publication Date
May 01, 2009
Volume
28
Issue
5
Pages
460–472
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.annfar.2009.03.012
PMID: 19410416
Source
Medline
Language
French
License
Unknown

Abstract

First described in 1545, phantom limb pain is a frequent complication after limb amputation, described by 60 to 85% of amputees. Stump pain, phantom limb sensation and phantom limb pain are often combined. Physiopathology is complex and peripheral, medullar and cortical mechanisms are combined. Pharmacological preventive treatments as well as regional anaesthesia techniques have equivalent results. Such treatments must be investigated more precisely as postoperative rehabilitation of amputees mostly depends on pain relief.

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