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Brain Study Sheds Light On The 'Phantom Limbs' Of Amputees

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November 6, 1998
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For some amputees, the pain and disability of losing an arm or leg are followed by a lifetime of other disturbing effects. For them, a touch on the face feels like a touch on the lost limb; the missing fingers or toes seem to be moving toward the remaining stump; and pain can persist in the limb that is long gone. Edward Jones, director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, and co-author Tim Pons, professor of neurosurgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, paint a new picture of the changes that occur deep in the brain after amputation.

For some amputees, the pain and disability of losing an arm or leg are followed by a lifetime of other disturbing effects. For them, a touch on the face feels like a touch on the lost limb; the missing fingers or toes seem to be moving toward the remaining stump; and pain can persist in the limb that is long gone.


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University Of California, Davis. "Brain Study Sheds Light On The 'Phantom Limbs' Of Amputees." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 November 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/11/981106081857.htm>.
University Of California, Davis. (1998, November 6). Brain Study Sheds Light On The 'Phantom Limbs' Of Amputees. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/11/981106081857.htm
University Of California, Davis. "Brain Study Sheds Light On The 'Phantom Limbs' Of Amputees." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/11/981106081857.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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