Acute wiiitis representing as thrombosis of the inferior vena cava and left pelvic veins

Phlebology. 2015 Aug;30(7):486-8. doi: 10.1177/0268355514530278. Epub 2014 Mar 28.


Deep venous thrombosis as a result of venous wall injury provoked by trauma is a common finding. It often occurs in patients with sportive overstraining, caused by over fatigue of the body structures. In 2007, the entity of "acute wiiitis" was first described in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. Acute wiiitis sums up all affections, mainly skeletal and muscle affections, provoked by playing Nintendo Wii, a very common and loved video-game system. Deep venous thrombosis as a consequence of Nintendo Wii has not been described so far. We present a patient with a massive free floating thrombus of the left pelvic veins originating from the gluteal veins and reaching into the inferior vena cava after playing Nintendo Wii.

Keywords: Acute wiitis; Nintendo Wii; deep venous thrombosis; trauma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pelvis / blood supply*
  • Vena Cava, Inferior / pathology*
  • Venous Thrombosis* / etiology
  • Venous Thrombosis* / pathology
  • Video Games / adverse effects*