Playstation Thumb: Frictional Dermatitis Caused by Excessive Video Game Playing
Citation: Piquero-Casals J, Morgado-Carrasco D, Mir-Bonafé JF, Rozas-Muñoz E. Playstation thumb: frictional dermatitis caused by excessive video game playing. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2020;10(4):e2020092. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5826/dpc.1004a92
Accepted: June 1, 2020; Published: October 26, 2020
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Corresponding author: Jaime Piquero-Casals, MD, PhD, Dermik, Clínica Dermatológica Multidisciplinar, Carrer de les Escoles Pies, 7, 08017, Barcelona, Spain. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An otherwise healthy 9-year-old boy presented with itching and painful lesions on both thumbs of 5 months’ evolution. He had received treatment with high-potency topical corticosteroids with partial improvement. Physical examination showed erythema, lichenification and fissures on the tips of both thumbs (
). Patch testing was performed, with negative results. After exhaustive questioning, the parents stated that the child usually spent several hours per day playing video games. The boy also admitted to being “addicted to PlayStation games.” A diagnosis of frictional dermatitis was made. The lesions completely resolved following 2 weeks of forced abstinence from video gaming.
Among the cutaneous manifestations of excessive video gaming, video gamer thumb or “playstation thumb” refers to the presence of hyperkeratosis, blisters, and petechiae on the tips of the thumbs
. Multiple cutaneous disorders can arise from excessive use of electronic devices
, and a high index of suspicion is necessary to allow an early diagnosis.
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