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J Korean Med Sci. 2011 Sep;26(9):1250-1250. English.
Published online September 01, 2011.  https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2011.26.9.1250
© 2011 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.
Letter to the Editor: The Supernumerary Phantom Limb and Phantom Limb Pain-Important Facts
Srijit Das
Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz, 53000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Address for Correspondence: Srijit Das, MD. Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz, 53000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: 006-03-92897263, Fax: 006-03-26989506, Email: drsrijit@gmail.com

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I read with much interest the article titled 'Atypical supernumerary phantom limb and phantom limb pain in two patients with pontine haemorrhage' by Seung Don Yoo et al. (1). Both the cases reported by the authors were interesting. For the first time, I see the self representation of the supernumerary limb being added to in this article in the form a sketch diagram. These types of sketches depict the actual mental perception of the patient. The authors need to be applauded for such.

Phantom limb pain is a challenging condition. Clinicians have outlined the fact the phantom limb pain is difficult to treat in comparison to conventional pain (2). One really wonders if transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be used to treat such pain. There are past research reports depicting the fact that a single session of repetitive TMS can prove beneficial in relieving the pain (3).

One really wonders if the level of education, socio-economic status and age could influence pain. Another fact to ponder is the quality of life in these patients who experience supernumerary phantom limb and phantom limb pain. One can even spell the role of psychiatrists in treating such phantom pain.

Overall, it is an interesting article. I really appreciate the honest efforts by the authors and the editor in special for publishing such an interesting article.

References
1. Yoo SD, Kim DH, Jeong YS, Chon J, Bark J. Atypical supernumerary phantom limb and phantom limb pain in two patients with pontine hemorrhage. J Korean Med Sci 2011;26:844–847.
2. Kiefer RT, Wiech K, Töpfner S, Haerle M, Schaller HE, Unertl K, Birbaumer N. Continuous brachial plexus analgesia and NMDA-receptor blockade in early phantom limb pain: a report of two cases. Pain Med 2002;3:156–160.
3. Lefaucheur JP, Drouot X, Menard-Lefaucheur I, Zerah F, Bendib B, Cessaro P, Keravel Y, Nguyen JP. Neurogenic pain relief by repetitive transcranial magnetic cortical stimulation depends on the origin and the site of pain. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2004;75:612–616.