This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in

Phantom limb

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

A phantom limb describes the phenomenon where a patient continues to be aware of a part of his body that has been lost.

This condition is most often experienced with respect to amputation of a limb but can occur after the removal of any part of the body e.g. breasts, genitalia.

Also a phantom limb may occur following a 'jousting' injury to the shoulder suffered by motor-cyclists in road traffic accidents. In this type of injury, the nerves of the brachial plexus may be torn, or completely avulsed, from the spinal cord in the neck.

The phantom limb may be painful.

Related pages

Create an account to add page annotations

Add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation, such as a web address or phone number. This information will always be displayed when you visit this page

The content herein is provided for informational purposes and does not replace the need to apply professional clinical judgement when diagnosing or treating any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.


Copyright 2024 Oxbridge Solutions Limited, a subsidiary of OmniaMed Communications Limited. All rights reserved. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence.