• Vol. 44 No. 12, 565–566
  • 15 December 2015

Killed by Internet Addiction? A Real Possibility



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The article entitled, ‘Internet Addiction in Young People’ published in Annals referred to a conference paper on cardiopulmonary-related deaths among the most severe cases of internet addiction. Fatal pulmonary thromboembolism plays a role in a number of these cases. Compared to the more widely known ‘economy class syndrome’ secondary to long flights, there is scarcity of published data and fewer clinicians recognise the potential risk of fatal pulmonary thromboembolism resulting from excessive computer usage.

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