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Hand-arm vibration syndrome may be associated with prolonged use of vibrating computer games

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:301
  1. A G Cleary, specialist registrar,
  2. H McKendrick, general practitioner,
  3. J A Sills, consultant paediatric rheumatologist
  1. Department of Paediatric Rheumatology, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Liverpool, L12 2AP

    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 …

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