Postgrad Med J 81:e2 doi:10.1136/pgmj.2004.027086
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Supernumerary phantom limb after stroke

  1. A M O Bakheit1,
  2. S Roundhill2
  1. 1Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Plymouth Primary Care Trust,UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor A M O Bakheit
 Stroke Unit, Mount Gould Hospital, Plymouth PL4 7QD, UK;
  • Received 22 July 2004
  • Accepted 21 August 2004


The perception of a phantom limb is commonly reported after amputations. However, only a few cases have been described after a stroke. This article presents a patient who reported a supernumerary phantom limb (pseudopolymelia) after spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage and discusses the possible underlying mechanisms for this rare phenomenon.


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