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NINTENDONITIS; Computer game blamed for boy's injury.

Byline: BOB DOW

A YOUNG computer addict has become the world's first victim of Nintendonitis.

The 11-year-old was so hooked on computer games it left him unable to write and do his schoolwork.

He was left in agony after constant use of a control pad virtually paralysed his arm.

Doctors couldn't work out what was wrong when he complained of severe pain in his arm. But once they discovered his computer addiction, they diagnosed repetitive strain injury.

The boy, of Aberdeen, is thought to be the first case of computer-induced RSI in a child.

They have named the condition Nintendonitis and in the run-up to Christmas warned parents about the effects. Dr Diana Macgregor, of the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, said: "He had suffered for seven days before coming to hospital.

"We now want to warn other children not to spend hours and days playing computer games."

The boy's symptoms disappeared after a break from his computer.

Do you know who the computer addict is? Call the Record on 01224-643361.

We'll call you right back.
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Date:Nov 20, 2000
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