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2022 Aug 11


Pain and Reorganization after Amputation: Is Interoceptive Prediction a Key?


Weiss T, Koehler H, Croy I
Neuroscientist. 2022 Aug 11:10738584221112591.
PMID: 35950521.


There is an ongoing discussion on the relevance of brain reorganization following amputation for phantom limb pain. Recent attempts to provide explanations for seemingly controversial findings-specifically, maladaptive plasticity versus persistent functional representation as a complementary process-acknowledged that reorganization in the primary somatosensory cortex is not sufficient to explain phantom limb pain satisfactorily. Here we provide theoretical considerations that might help integrate the data reviewed and suppose a possible additional driver of the development of phantom limb pain-namely, an error in interoceptive predictions to somatosensory sensations and movements of the missing limb. Finally, we derive empirically testable consequences based on our considerations to guide future research.