Anosognosia and Phantom Limb

Running Head: Anosognosia and Phantom limb

George N.M.

D. Ann B.S.


      Bizarre syndromes such as anosognosia & phantom limb result from changes in regions of the nervous system that are somehow involved in producing our normal awareness of our own body parts & their positions (body image). In cases of phantom limb, amputees continue to experience sensations from a non existent limb. In anosognosia, brain-damaged patients perceive that a paralyzed or otherwise non-functional part of their body is functioning normally. Both of these abnormal neurological conditions are the direct result of damages to the controlling centers in the human brain. These two syndromes demonstrate contrasting characteristics in terms of their external symptoms and mode of transmission of the sensory messages from their respective receptor regions. The waves of messages are transmitted towards the brain centers for initiation of necessary neurophysiologic chain of reactions for the completion of neuromuscular activities.
      Anosognosia & phantom limb syndromes causes impairment of the body’s normal awareness system. A comprehensive analysis of these two disorders will reveal the normal pattern of physiological working of the human body. This is due to the fact that these two disorders affect the sensory components that control the effective coordination of the central nervous system.
      The study will provide necessary guidelines to future researchers in the field of neurology and will help them understand these two abnormal physiological conditions. This will in turn ensure that these conditions are effectively addressed.
      The Anosognosia and phantom limb syndromes relate with the sensory systems, neuromuscular arrangements and central nervous system including the brain and the spinal cord. The pattern as adopted in the study will also serve as a model for making comprehensive analysis of the other human systems in their normal...