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Document ID (ISN)68257
CIS number 97-334
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nathan P.A., Keniston R.C., Lockwood R.S., Meadows K.D.
Title Tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and carpal tunnel syndrome in American industry - A cross-sectional study of 1464 workers
Bibliographic information Mar. 1996, Vol.38, No.3, p.290-298. 23 ref.
Abstract The effects of legal drug use on the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) were studied in 656 nonclaimant workers and 808 working patients with upper extremity symptoms. Greater use of tobacco combined with greater consumption of caffeinated beverages and alcohol abuse was associated with more median nerve slowing, more specific hand/wrist symptoms, and more definite CTS as confirmed by nerve conduction studies. Greater use of alcohol was associated with a reduced prevalence of symptoms. While legal drugs affect the health of the median nerve and the prevalence of CTS, their effects explain only a small portion of the total risk.
Descriptors (primary) drug dependence; caffeine; carpal-tunnel syndrome; smoking; alcoholism
Descriptors (secondary) nervous conduction disorders; median nerve; upper extremity disorders; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Heterocyclic compounds
Alcohol and drug abuse
Smoking