A New Kind of Spatial Inattention Associated With Chronic Limb Pain?

E Reid, SB Wallwork, D Harvie, KJ Chalmers, A Gallace, C Spence, GL Moseley

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Pathological limb pain patients show decreased attention to some stimuli on the painful limb and increased attention to others, a paradox that has dogged the field for over a decade. We hypothesized that pathological pain involves a spatial inattention confined to bodily representations. Patients showed inattention to the painful side for visual processing of body parts but not letters, tactile processing but not auditory, and body-part bisection tasks but not line bisection tasks. We propose the new term "somatospatial inattention" to describe bodily-specific spatial inattention associated with pathological limb pain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-704
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


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