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August 1984

Joy Stick Stigmata

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Veterans Administration Medical Center Iowa City, IA 52240

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(8):992. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650440022005

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To the Editor.—  I have encountered a 28-year-old female patient who had what appeared to be stigmata. That is, she had circular, bleeding, superficial wounds about 2 cm in diameter at the center of each palm. The injury on the right hand was deeper and more severe than that on the left hand. Rather than reflecting a metaphysical phenomenon, however, these stigmata were the result of a weekend-long binge of playing with her new home video game. The joy stick control unit had first chafed her right and then her left palm. Her husband showed a similar injury but only on the right palm. Both recovered rapidly with abstinence.

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