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ERIC Number: EJ902265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0342-5282
Prevalence and Characteristics of Phantom Limb Pain and Residual Limb Pain in the Long Term after Upper Limb Amputation
Desmond, Deirdre M.; MacLachlan, Malcolm
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, v33 n3 p279-282 Sep 2010
This study aims to describe the prevalence and characteristics of phantom limb pain and residual limb pain after upper limb amputation. One-hundred and forty-one participants (139 males; mean age 74.8 years; mean time since amputation 50.1 years) completed a self-report questionnaire assessing residual and phantom limb pain experience. Prevalence of phantom limb pain during the week preceding assessment was 42.6% (60 of 141). Prevalence of residual limb pain was 43.3% (61 of 141). More than one third of these had some pain constantly or most days. Phantom limb pain was commonly described as "discomforting" (31 of 60) and associated with "a little bit" of lifestyle interference (23 of 60). Residual limb pain was most often described as "discomforting" (27 of 61) or "distressing" (19 of 61) and was typically associated with low to moderate levels of lifestyle interference. Assessment of multiple dimensions of postamputation pain in the long term after upper limb amputation is warranted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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