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What are the risk factors for phantom limb pain?

Some people experience phantom limb pain after amputation, but not everyone; it is more common for people with limb amputations to develop painless, phantom limb sensations instead. Some common risk factors have been found, however. These include irritation caused by an improperly fitted artificial limb, having had pain in the limb prior to surgery, and having pain in the stump after surgery, usually caused by the formation of neuromas (growths of nerve tissue) on nerve fibers at the amputation site. People with lower-limb amputations have also been found to be at higher risk for phantom limb pain.

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