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Phantom Phenomena and Anesthetically Induced Proprioceptive Block
  1. Garry S. Sklar, MD,
  2. Pratima R. Patel, MD,
  3. Hemlata J. Patel, MD and
  4. Lawrence I. Kaplan, MD
  1. Drs. Sklar and Patel are members of the department of anesthesiology and Dr. Kaplan is a member of the department of rehabilitation medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Elmhurst, New York.


Phantom phenomena may be produced predictably by subarachnoid and epidural anesthesia. They cannot be abolished by general anesthesia. Anatomy and physiology of proprioceptive block are reviewed and a hypothesis is proposed to explain this occurrence. It is suggested that similar mechanisms may occur in natural phantom sensations.

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