|Document ID (ISN)||112422|
|Convention or series no.
||Poole K., Mason H.
Health and Safety Executive
||The value of the WEST monofilaments in detecting neurosensory deficit caused by hand-arm vibration exposure
||HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2009, vi, 17p. 36 ref.
||The_value_of_the_WEST monofilaments_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
||Hand-arm vibration syndrome is categorized according to the Stockholm Workshop scales. This comprises a rating system for vascular (circulatory system) and sensorineural (touch and sensation) symptoms, which sufferers of this disease can experience. To establish the extent of the sensory component of this disease these scales require the Occupational Health Physician to decide whether they feel an individual has reduced sensory perception. Quantitative tests such as vibrotactile and thermal perception threshold measurements have been used widely for this, but are generally only available in specialist referral centres. Simple techniques such as monofilaments are cheaper to use and could potentially be used more widely than the specialist quantitative tests. However, it is unclear at present what method of application should be used and how diagnostically useful these are. This study investigates the value of monofilaments in defining neurosensory abnormality caused by excessive exposure to hand-arm vibration by establishing their ability to detect abnormality determined by the standard quantitative tests. Findings are discussed.
||United Kingdom; hand-arm vibration; diagnosis; loss of touch; vibration sensitivity
||test laboratories; applied research; medical examinations; reliability; public OSH institutions; description of technique
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
Noise, hearing and vibration
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Diseases of the nervous system