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Case report
Phantom radiculopathy: a rare postoperative phenomenon
  1. Maheswaran Archunan and
  2. Sriram Srinivasan
  1. Trauma & Orthopaedics, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Great Yarmouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Maheswaran Archunan; archunan28{at}


Limb amputations are carried out for a number of reasons, which include trauma, vascular disorders, infection, oncology and congenital abnormalities. These patients can develop multiple complications postoperatively with phantom limb pain being a well-recognised issue. That being said, phantom radiculopathy is far less encountered and can therefore be easily overlooked. There are limited cases described in literature and as a result pathophysiology is poorly understood. In this report, we present a patient who had developed phantom radiculopathy decades after his left above knee amputation surgery, which was performed after a road traffic accident. However, we were successfully able to treat the patient with foraminal epidural corticosteroid injection.

  • drug therapy related to surgery
  • musculoskeletal and joint disorders
  • pain (neurology)
  • orthopaedics
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery

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  • Contributors MA: literature review of similar cases on the topic; drafted the case report and carried out critical revision of the article prior to the submission. SS: identified the patient and developed the concept for the report; carried out the final approval of the work to be published.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.