The illusory feeling of having four legs and four arms after a stroke. Case report

Cristoforo Morocutti, Armando Perrotta, Mariano Serrao, Michelangelo Bartolo, Gabriele Valente, Eugenio Calandriello, Francesco Fattapposta, Leoluca Parisi

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Phantom perception of lost body parts and phantom pain syndrome are well known. Supernumerary phantom limbs are described infrequently. We report the case of a previously healthy 80-year-old, right-handed woman, who was admitted to hospital with right thalamocapsular stroke accompanied by supernumerary phantom limbs sensation. The patient referred a strange sensation of having 4 fore-arms and 4 legs in her left side. The sensation lasted about 18 hours after the stroke. The neurological examination revealed left sensory-motor deficits but no cognitive impairment; CT-scan showed small haemorrhagic area between the internal capsule and the right thalamus. General features of supernumerary phantom limbs to the light of actual knowledge are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalNuova Rivista di Neurologia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Body image
  • Supernumerary phantom limbs
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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