One of the most troubling aftereffects of an arm or leg amputation is the phantom limb syndrome, in which the person reports receiving sensations from the lost limb. Neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University report the first direct evidence that significant growth and reconnection of neurons in the brains of amputees may be at the root of this problem. The finding may ultimately lead to a treatment for phantom limb sensation. It also raises the hope that it may become possible to repair severed spinal cord injuries as scientists find ways to promote and regulate such growth.
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