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Prevalence and characteristics of phantom limb pain and residual limb pain in the long term following upper limb amputation

Desmond, Deirdre M. and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2010) Prevalence and characteristics of phantom limb pain and residual limb pain in the long term following upper limb amputation. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 33 (3). pp. 279-282. ISSN 0342-5282

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Abstract

This study aims to describe the prevalence and characteristics of phantom limb pain and residual limb pain following upper limb amputation. Methods: 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. Results: Prevalence of phantom limb pain during the week preceding assessment was 42.6% (60/141). Prevalence of residual limb pain was 43.3% (61/141). More than one third of these had some pain constantly or most days. Phantom limb pain was commonly described as ‘discomforting’ (31/60) and associated with ‘a little bit’ of lifestyle interference (23/60). Residual limb pain was most often described as ‘discomforting’ (27/61) or ‘distressing’ (19/61) and was typically associated with low to moderate levels of lifestyle interference. Conclusion: Assessment of multiple dimensions of post-amputation pain in the long term following upper limb amputation is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is not the final published version of this article. The definitive published version of this article is available at the International Journal of Rehabilitation Research (ISSN: 0342-5282) Vol.33 No.3(2010), pp.279-282. DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e328336388d
Keywords: Upper Limb Amputation; Phantom Limb Pain; Residual Limb Pain;
Subjects: Science & Engineering > Psychology
Item ID: 3810
Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 14:03
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Refereed: No
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