Academic Article


  • 2021

Objective: To investigate the increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in men and women with hand-arm vibration (HAV) exposure. Design: Case–control study of CTS where 4396 cases was obtained from National Outpatient Register between 2005 through 2016. Cases were matched to controls and exposure was estimated using a job exposure matrix. Results: Exposure to HAV increased the risk of CTS with an OR of 1.61 (95% CI 1.46–1.77). The risk was highest in men <30 years of age and among women <30 years no increased risk was observed. The risk increased with a mean year exposure above 2.5 m/s2 to OR 1.84 (95% CI 1.38–2.46). Conclusions: HAV exposure increase the risk of CTS in both genders, with highest risk increase in younger men. This emphasize identification of HAV exposure in patients with CTS.

Vihlborg, Per; Petterson, Hans; Makdoumi, Karim; Wikström, Sverre; Bryngellson, Ing-Liss; Selander, Jenny; Graff, Pål
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64(3): 197–201
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