Long-term use of narcotic/antidepressant medication in the management of phantom limb pain.


Journal Article

The successful management of 5 consecutive patients with intractable phantom limb pain is described. The main therapy is a combination of a narcotic and antidepressant. Medication remained effective during the average observation time of 22 months. There were no signs of habituation or addiction. We conclude that narcotics can be safely and successfully utilized for long-term management of phantom limb pain.

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Cited Authors

  • Urban, BJ; France, RD; Steinberger, EK; Scott, DL; Maltbie, AA

Published Date

  • February 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 191 - 196

PubMed ID

  • 2870454

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2870454

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3959

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0304-3959(86)90041-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States