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Phantom radiculopathy: a rare postoperative phenomenon

Abstract

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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