Chronic phantom and stump pain among American veterans: results of a survey

Pain. 1984 Jan;18(1):83-95. doi: 10.1016/0304-3959(84)90128-3.


Questions concerning stump, phantom and other pain problems as well as demographic data were mailed to 5000 Americans whose amputations were connected with military service. Fifty-five percent responded and of these, 78% reported phantom pain. No predisposing factors, other than presence of stump pain, correlated with the presence or severity of phantom pain. Of those receiving treatment, only 1% reported lasting benefits from any of a multitude of treatments attempted.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amputation Stumps*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Medicine*
  • Pain Management
  • Phantom Limb* / epidemiology
  • Phantom Limb* / therapy
  • Veterans