Phantom limb pain is also known as or subsumes Deafferentation pain. -ed.
“Phantom limb” is a term used to designate the sensation of the presence of an extremity following its amputation, which may be painful. In this clinical article, Dr. K K Jain, a neurology consultant in Basel, Switzerland, discusses the pathogenesis and strategies for prevention and treatment of phantom limb pain. Although it is possible to reduce the incidence of phantom limb pain through proper management after amputation, most of the drugs used for treatment are not effective. Among surgical procedures, deep brain stimulation has been reported to have some success.