Excessive Sony PlayStation use causes “painful lumps” (on the hands)

By Patrick Avenell

Reuters and virtually every newspaper and website is this morning reporting that too much time on the PlayStation can lead to “painful lumps”. This declaration comes from a paper published in Switzerland by Vincent Piguet et al.

Called “PlayStation palmer hidradentitis”, the condition was first diagnosed on a 12-year-old girl, who is both patient zero for this disorder and the only case subject.

The cause and of the disorder is “tight and continuous grasping of the hand-grips together with repeated pushing of the buttons”. This action then caused “minor but continuous trauma to the (palm) surfaces,” as reported by the British Journal of Dermatology.

In response to this, Reuters today is quoting Sony spokesperson David Wilson, who said, “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.

"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."

The full Reuters story is available by clicking here.

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