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julialee
30-01-04, 17:44
A teenager from Merseyside has been treated for deep vein thrombosis, a condition he may have developed through spending too long playing computer games.

Dominic Patrick, a 13-year-old from the Wirral, needed blood thinning drugs to tackle the condition.

Deep vein thrombosis has been linked to long-haul air flights in cramped conditions.

With cases of DVT among the under-fifteens having risen sharply in the last five years, children are being warned to take more exercise and avoid crossing their legs for long peroids.

Dr Russell Keenan, from Alder Hey Hospital, said: "Deep vein thrombosis is very, very unusual This is the first case I personally have seen in my clinical practice.

"The main problem is not the actual activity, it is the inactivity. It is spending long periods of time with your legs bent and staying still. What we need to be doing is getting up and having regular exercise."

Dr Keenan continued: "The only risk factor we could find in this case was the fact that Dominic had sat on his legs for 10 hours playing computer games without moving.

"If you fold the leg, you are basically folding the vein in the leg and causing the blood supply to stagnate. That is what might be causing the clot.

"However, it doesn't mean that the government should be putting health warnings on Playstations." http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

galaxia2999
30-01-04, 18:09
YAY now i HAVE one more reason to stop my brother playing that game

chocco
30-01-04, 18:16
OMG, that's bad isn't it? Didn't realise you could get it from sitting at your pc like that.
Hope that teenager is going to be alright!

Thanks Jules http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

shandroid
30-01-04, 18:24
Dr Keenan continued: "The only risk factor we could find in this case was the fact that Dominic had sat on his legs for 10 hours playing computer games without moving.

How can one go 10 hours without getting up to use the restroom or eat something?! No video game comes between me and my toilet!!!

julialee
30-01-04, 18:35
I wonder if it applies to people who sit for hours posting topics on TRF http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/bash.gif :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

Draco
30-01-04, 18:41
There are plenty of ergonomic solutions to combat the that situation, but they tend to be unavailable or expensive...

There is also a toothpaste you only need to use once a decade, but that was bought out and buried...

Our lives would be a whole lot better if most people weren't in things for the money...