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Document ID (ISN)54806
CIS number 90-2043
Year 1989
Convention or series no. Undersökningsrapport 1989:4
Author(s) Knave B., Bergqvist U., Wibom R., Nilén H.
Title Symptoms and subjective discomforts in "hypersensitivity to electricity"
Original title Symptom och subjektiva besvär vid "överkänslighet mot elektricitet" [in Swedish]
Bibliographic information Arbetsmiljöinstitutet, Förlagstjänst, 171 84 Solna, Sweden, 1989. 34p. 5 ref.
Abstract Report on "hypersensitivity to electricity", based on anamneses for 32 patients. A diversity of symptoms and subjective discomforts were reported. 31 of the 32 subjects (97%) indicated diffuse skin disorders such as patchiness, rosacea, heat, prickly sensations, stiffness, itching etc. 20 persons (63%) presented symptoms of the nervous system, such as giddiness, tiredness and lack of energy, headache, difficulty remembering things etc. 17 persons (53%) also reported eye symptoms and disturbances of vision. The pathological symptoms were often pronounced and in 25% of the cases they resulted in sick leave. Symptoms affecting the nervous system were more persistent than were dermatological symptoms. 29 subjects (91%) referred to the display screen as the triggering factor, but other factors were also referred to: fluorescent light tubes, sunlight, electrical appliances, ventilation devices etc. Discontinuation of VDU work was the most effective countermeasure, especially for dermatological symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) subjective assessment; electricity; hypersensitivity; visual display terminals; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) visual function disorders; report; electrical equipment; diseases of nervous system; skin diseases; anamnesis
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Electricity
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)