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Doctors find gaming disease 'Palmare Playstation Hidradenitis'

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 25, 2009 in Health
Swiss doctors have found a new infection caused by excessive gaming. They call it “Palmare PlayStation Hidradenitis.” It causes red nodes on palms.
A 12-year-old Swiss girl was admitted to a hospital after she suffered a serious hand infection caused by playing too many PlayStation games.
Dr. Vincent Piguet, professor of the University Hospital of Geneva named the infection “Palmare Playstation Hidradenitis” according to the Swiss news agency ATS.
The girl was taken to the hospital by her parents after she had painful lesions on her hands for four weeks, failing to heal.
Piguet inspected her infections and found huge red nodes in her palm, which he thought was unbelievable.
Apparently the girl didn’t tell her parents that she had spent a number of hours playing PlayStation prior to her infection.
Piguet and his team found the infections resulted due to excessive tension in the hands while using the console and frequent pressing on the buttons had triggered her injuries and it aggravated even more with sweat.
The doctors advised her parents not to let her use PlayStation for the next few weeks. When the girl stopped playing PlayStation, the infection and the lesions went away.
You can read a full report of the disease in the latest issue of British Journal of Dermatology.
Sony responded to this news with the following statement:
We firmly believe that video gaming is a legitimate entertainment pastime like watching movies, listening to music, or reading books. As with any leisure pursuit there are possible consequences of not following common sense, health advice and guidelines, as can be found within our instruction manuals."
"PlayStation was launched in 1995 and has sold hundreds of millions of consoles over the last 13 years. We would not wish to belittle this research and we will study the findings with interest, but this is the first time we have ever heard of a complaint of this nature.
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