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  1. Vibrotactile sense and hand symptoms in blue collar workers in a manufacturing industry.

    Article - En anglais


    To study whether vibrotactile sense combined with questionnaires (subjective complaints) and a clinical examination (including scoring of the Stockholm workshop scale (sensorineural staging)) could serve as a screening procedure, in the health care service, for sensorineural symptoms.

    A group of blue collar workers exposed to vibration in a manufacturing industry (rock crushing plants) was used as the study group.

    Another group of workers not exposed to vibration but subjected to heavy manual work served as the control group.

    Methods-Vibrotactile sense was determined

    The index and the little fingers of both hands were investigated.

    A clinical examination was performed.

    Questionnaires were used for exposure data and for assessment of symptoms.


    Important findings were that impairment in vibrotactile sense correlated with impairment in grip force, cold sensitivity, and other sensorineural symptoms-such as numbness and tendency to drop items.

    Clinical findings such as Phalen's test and two point discrimination were related only in those workers with the poorest vibrotactile sense.

    There was a relation between vibrotactile sense and the Stockholm workshop scale (sensorineural staging) for the sensorineural symptoms.

    Muscle and joint problems were more often seen in workers with decreased vibrotactile sense. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Travailleur, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Trouble dû aux vibrations, Sensibilité tactile, Main, Bras, Membre supérieur, Homme, Questionnaire, Activité manuelle, Suède, Europe, Dépistage, Système nerveux pathologie, Diagnostic, Trouble sensoriel

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Worker, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Vibration induced disorder, Tactile sensitivity, Hand, Arm, Upper limb, Human, Questionnaire, Manual activity, Sweden, Europe, Medical screening, Nervous system diseases, Diagnosis, Sensory disorder

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0075023

    Code Inist : 002B16H. Création : 14/05/1998.