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2022 Jun 21

Rehabilitacion (Madr)

[Involuntary movements of the stump after transtibial amputation: Jumping stump syndrome].


Hernández López M, Puentes Gutiérrez AB, López Zarzuela MC, García Bascones M
Rehabilitacion (Madr). 2022 Jun 21.
PMID: 35738919.


45-year-old woman with history of hallux valgus surgery and torpid evolution, which led to transtibial amputation. Six months after surgery, she began to experience involuntary movements of the stump such as myoclonus, that were triggered by touch or hip extension, associating worsening of the previous stump and phantom limb pain. During the following year, concurring with change of prosthesis, symptoms progressively worsened, which limited walking. The therapeutic approach to pain and myoclonus was initially pharmacological, without response. Given the clinical and ultrasound suspicion of neuroma in the external popliteal sciatic nerve, it was infiltrated with corticosteroid and anesthetic, and the gastrocnemius with botulinum toxin type A, without success. Finally, the myoclonus disappeared, and the pain decreased after surgical remodeling of the stump and resection of the neuroma. This clinical picture is known as jumping stump syndrome and is a rare complication that must be considered after amputation.