Journal of Nursology

The Nurse’s Role in a Patient with Phantom Sensation- Phantom Pain


Şişli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Support and Quality Services Directorate, İstanbul, Turkey


İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Department of Surgical Nursing, İstanbul, Turkey

Journal of Nursology 2022; 25: 60-62
DOI: 10.54614/JANHS.2022.662389
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The aim of this compilation is to review the role of the nurse in the patient who describes phantom sensation and phantom pain in the light of the literature. The problems that occur in individuals following operations such as amputation and mastectomy, which require removal of an organ / limb from the body, lead to disability in daily life activities in different dimensions, causing individuals to become fully or semi-dependent physically, economically and socially. The pain in the extremity, which is removed from the body after amputation, is called phantom pain and its mechanism is not fully understood yet. It is known that both peripheral and central nervous system play a role in phantom pain. Phantom Sensation (PS), which is defined as feeling that the limb or organ is still in place, and Phantom Pain (PP), seen as pain in the non-organ / limb, are common chronic problems in the postoperative period. These symptoms, which prolong the healing process in patients undergoing surgery, can only be identified by a comprehensive / complex assessment, and therefore the role of the nurse in management is large. In this compilation, we aimed to review the role of nurses in the treatment and care of patients with phantom sensation and phantom pain.

Cite this article: Katran HB, Akyüz N. The Nurse’s Role in a Patient with Phantom Sensation-Phantom Pain. J Nursology. 2022;25(1):60-62.

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