MICHAEL R. BENNETT, M.D.; PAUL C. FIEHLER, M.D.
To the editor: The recent increased use of computer and video display terminals has resulted in various physical and mental complaints. Commonly encountered maladies include various ocular, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and neurologic disorders, which are usually self-limited (1). No reference to serious life-threatening consequences has been noted. We describe a case of proximal deep vein thrombosis developing in a previously healthy person after prolonged, continuous use of a computer.
A 59-year-old man developed a dull, aching pain in his right upper thigh after spending two, 16-consecutive-hour days at the controls of a newly purchased computer. On examination, there was only mild
BENNETT MR, FIEHLER PC. Prolonged Computer Use and Deep Venous Thrombosis. Ann Intern Med. ;105:806. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-5-806_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(5):806.
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