Apotemnophilia: a neurological disorder

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[edit] Original article

[edit] Author(s)

Paul McGeoch, V.S.Ramachandran, and David Brang

[edit] Source

Neuroreport. 19(13):1305-1306, August 27, 2008.

[edit] Abstract/Overview

Apotemnophilia, a disorder that blurs the distinction between neurology and psychiatry, is characterized by the intense and longstanding desire for amputation of a speci¬Ęc limb.Here we present evidence from two individuals suggestive that this condition, long thought to be entirely psychological in origin, actually has a neurological basis.We found heightened skin conductance response to pinprick below the desired line of amputation. We propose apotemnophilia arises from congenital dysfunction of the right superior parietal lobule and its connectionwith the insula.

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