JOSEPH R. THURN, M.D.
To the editor: A recent issue carried a letter on photocopier's phalanx (1). The case presented below describes a similar condition that is a potential occupational hazard for hospital cleaning personnel.
During his medical school breaks, a 24-year-old student was employed as a wall washer in a community hospital. One week after commencing wall washing in our such break, he noted increasing pain in his right thumb. Aside from postinfectious arthritis as a child, the patient denied having any rheumatologic symptoms, gave no history of trauma, and had not recently used a photocopying machine. Pertinent physical findings included tenderness on
JOSEPH R. THURN. Wall Washer's Thumb. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:412. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-3-412_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(3):412.
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