Supernumerary phantom limbs in ICU patients with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

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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.

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