Hand-arm vibration syndrome may be associated with prolonged use of vibrating computer games. (Letters)

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Date: Feb. 2, 2002
From: British Medical Journal(Vol. 324, Issue 7332)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 465 words

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EDITOR--We report the development of the hand-arm vibration syndrome in a 15 year old boy who presented with a two year history of painful hands. His hands became white and swollen when exposed to the cold and subsequently red and painful on warming. He had no clinical or laboratory features of an underlying connective tissue disorder.

The onset of his symptoms was preceded by the prolonged use of a widely available domestic computer game (Sony Playstation). He spent up to seven hours a day playing this game. He particularly enjoyed driving games using the vibration mode on the hand held control device ("rumble board"). He described the sensation of realism associated with the device vibrating when...

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