A new kind of spatial inattention associated with chronic limb pain?

Emily Reid, Sarah B Wallwork, Daniel Harvie, K Jane Chalmers, Alberto Gallace, Charles Spence, G Lorimer Moseley

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Abstract

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
Volume79
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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    Reid, E., Wallwork, S. B., Harvie, D., Chalmers, K. J., Gallace, A., Spence, C., & Moseley, G. L. (2016). A new kind of spatial inattention associated with chronic limb pain? Annals of Neurology, 79(4), 701-704. https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.24616