Postamputation neuromas and other symptomatic stump abnormalities: detection with CT

Radiology. 1987 Mar;162(3):743-5. doi: 10.1148/radiology.162.3.3809488.


One of the potentially troublesome sequelae of limb amputations is the development of stump neuromas at the severed ends of major nerves. The ability to define them and to distinguish them from other causes of stump pain is of considerable clinical significance. Computed tomography was performed on ten lower limb amputees with stump pain. Five patients had neuromas that were manifest as focal or generalized alteration in the caliber, size, or contour of the nerve trunk in the affected stump. The remaining five patients each had an abnormality detected; these abnormalities included heterotopic bone formation, popliteal artery aneurysm, lipoma, scar tissue, and abscess in the contralateral limb.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Amputation Stumps / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg / innervation
  • Leg / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuroma / diagnostic imaging
  • Neuroma / etiology*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*