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A stroke victim has developed a phantom third arm which she uses 'just like a real-life limb'.
Tests have proven that, not only does the woman's brain 'move' the arm as if it was real, but also the rest of her body responds when it is 'touched' by the phantom hand.
She 'sees' the new arm and can even scratch an itch with it, doctors said.
It is the first ever recorded case of a patient being able to see, feel and move a phantom limb, the research team told the Annals of Neurology.
And they think their study could provide the missing link between this phenomenon and out-of-body experiences.
The 64-year-old woman lost the use of her left arm but her brain recognizes an illusionary limb that has taken its place.
Scientists at Switzerland's Geneva University Hospital used magnetic resonance imaging to confirm that her brain was issuing commands to the phantom limb and acknowledging its actions.
Phantom limbs often occur when a patient loses an arm or leg but can still 'feel' the missing limb.
Originally posted by TLomon
I would love to see some spectrograph (I think that is the right term) photos of her. The image of the bodies electromagnetic field around it. I suspect (if my personal theories are correct) that it will show up.
In my case, they actually cut the nerves very low, and they are all bunch up in my residual limb. I think the doctors do this for a couple reasons. One being, having the sensation your leg is still there, while annoying, may perhaps help one when walking with a prosthesis. Although that's just a theory of mine.
Originally posted by Strype
Please explain your personal theories as to why her "phantom limb" should appear on a spectrograph. That's an illogical assumption if you ask me. I'm interested in hearing more.