rss
BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-008232
  • CASE REPORT

Denervation of the ear and the ‘folding flower’ illusion

  1. David Bruce Williams
  1. Department of Neurology, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Bruce Williams, dvdbwilliams{at}gmail.com

Summary

Following acute denervation of the ear, I experienced altered cutaneous sensory perception analogous to that reported by patients after limb amputation. This suggests that any sudden, complete loss of somaesthetic sensation can result in cortical reorganisation reflecting lost peripheral input. Although the short time course of the phenomenon suggests an initial functional reorganisation, it does not preclude longer time course structural alterations at multiple levels of the nervous system.

Register for free content

The full text of all Editor's Choice articles and summaries of every article are free without registration

The full text of Images in ... articles are free to registered users

Only fellows can access the full text of case reports (apart from Editor's Choice) - become a fellow today, or encourage your institution to, so that together we can grow and develop this resource

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the case reports as they are published, and let us know what you think by commenting on the Editor's blog

Navigate This Article