Video game induced knuckle pad

Mary E. Rushing, Daniel J Sheehan, Loretta S Davis

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Abstract

Controversy and concern surround the video game playing fascination of children. Scientific reports have explored the negative effects of video games on youth, with a growing number recognizing the actual physical implications of this activity. We offer another reason to discourage children's focus on video games: knuckle pads. A 13-year-old black boy presented with an asymptomatic, slightly hyperpigmented plaque over his right second distal interphalangeal joint. A punch biopsy specimen confirmed knuckle pad as the diagnosis, and a traumatic etiology from video game playing was suspected. Knuckle pads can be painful, cosmetically unappealing, and refractory to treatment. They can now be recognized as yet another potential adverse consequence of chronic video game playing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-457
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric dermatology
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dermatology

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