ELLIOT D. ROSENSTEIN, M.D.
To the editor: The case presented below may represent a new occupational hazard among health professionals.
A 29-year-old staff physician developed intermittent pain in his left thumb. He had no history of trauma or preceding rheumatologic symptoms. Physical examination was notable only for tenderness on palpation of the base of the left thumb, aggravated by hyperextension of the thumb. No swelling or nodules were present. Directed questioning revealed that the pain had been elicited first while the patient was photocopying journal articles for house staff rounds. The patient was observed during a provocative trial of photocopying. The repetitive motion of
ROSENSTEIN ED. Photocopier's Phalanx. Ann Intern Med. ;98:677. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-677_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(5_Part_1):677.
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