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Document ID (ISN)110295
CIS number 09-1236
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sauni R., Pääkkönen R., Virtema P., Jäntti V., Kähönen M., Toppila E., Pyykkö I., Uitti J.
Title Vibration-induced white finger syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome among Finnish metal workers
Bibliographic information Mar. 2009, Vol.82, No.4, p.445-453. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to estimate the cumulative exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV) and the prevalence of clinically diagnosed cases of vibration-induced white finger (VWF) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in a population of Finnish metal workers. A questionnaire on vibration exposure at the workplace and symptoms of the upper extremities was sent to a sample of 530 metalworkers' union members. Those reporting VWF or CTS symptoms were also invited to take part in clinical examinations. Their cumulative lifelong exposure to HAV was evaluated. The incidences VWF and CTS were 8.4% and 4.2% respectively, suggesting that VWF is under-diagnosed in Finland. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Finland; hand-arm vibration; carpal-tunnel syndrome; risk factors; exposure evaluation; metalworking industry; Raynaud's phenomenon
Descriptors (secondary) diagnosis; frequency rates; medical examinations; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Cardiovascular diseases
Diseases of the nervous system
Metalworking industry
Exposure evaluation