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    The “syndrome” consists of a brownish discoloration of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to heat from the computer.

    Researchers from Switzerland, reporting in the Nov. 5 issue of Pediatrics, focus on the case of a 12-year-old boy who developed a sponge-patterned discoloration on his left thigh after playing computer games with his laptop resting on his upper legs a few hours per day for several months.

    “He recognized that the laptop got hot on the left side,” the researchers write. “However, regardless of that, he did not change its position.”

    Other ”˜Toasted Skin’ Cases Have Been Reported

    The researchers say the boy is the youngest of 10 reported patients with the “laptop-induced dermatosis” since the condition was first described in 2004.

    The condition can lead to permanent darkening of the skin, and in rare cases, damage that leads to skin cancers.

    The heat that causes the condition originates from a laptop computer’s optical drive, the battery, or the ventilation fan.

    The condition, technically called erythema ab igne, has been observed before on the lower legs of patients who worked in front of open fires or coal stoves. It also has been treated in elderly patients who used hot pads and blankets, according to the researchers.


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    The computer has become the necessities of life, and how to safely use it is very important.This is a very useful post!
     

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