• Vol. 38 No. 11, 931–936
  • 15 November 2009

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Impairs Visuospatial Perception, whereas Post-Herpetic Neuralgia does not: Possible Implications for Supraspinal Mechanism of CRPS


Some of our patients with pathologic pain reported that when groping for the light switch in a dark room, they often misjudge its location even though they seem to be able to visualise the surrounding space accurately in other situations in their daily life. This phenomenon led us to examine whether patients with pathologic pain have impaired spatial perception, focusing on (i) the multimodal nature of spatial perception and (ii) the representation of one’s own body in space.

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