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Neurology. 2016 May 3;86(18):1726-8. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002541. Epub 2016 Mar 11.

Supernumerary phantom limbs in ICU patients with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

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1
From the Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences (A.N.M., T.E.G.) and Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (V.S.), Western University, London, Canada.
2
From the Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences (A.N.M., T.E.G.) and Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (V.S.), Western University, London, Canada. teneille.gofton@lhsc.on.ca.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the previously undescribed phenomenon of phantom limb generation in patients with severe acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP).

METHODS:

Between April 2011 and January 2014, we encountered 3 patients with AIDP in our intensive care unit who experienced features of self-limited supernumerary phantom limbs (SPLs) during their course.

RESULTS:

The following case series describes the phenomenon of SPLs in AIDP.

CONCLUSIONS:

This report aims to raise awareness of the possibility of SPLs in the course of AIDP. The pathophysiology and management strategies for this clinical phenomenon are unknown.

PMID:
26968516
PMCID:
PMC4854587
DOI:
10.1212/WNL.0000000000002541
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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