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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Feb;54(2):198-201. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31823fdf53.

The prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome in Latino poultry-processing workers and other Latino manual workers.

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Department of Neurology, Center for Worker Health, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA. mcartwri@wakehealth.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in Latino poultry-processing workers.

METHODS:

Symptoms and nerve conduction studies were used to prospectively assess 287 Latino poultry-processing workers and 226 Latinos in other manual-labor occupations.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of CTS was higher in poultry-processing (8.7%) compared with nonpoultry manual workers (4.0%; P < 0.0001). The adjusted odds ratio for the prevalence of CTS in poultry workers was 2.51 (95% confidence interval, 1.80-3.50) compared with nonpoultry workers. Within the poultry workers, those who performed packing, sanitation, and chilling had a trend toward less CTS than those who performed tasks requiring more repetitive and strenuous hand movements.

DISCUSSION:

Latino poultry-processing workers have a high prevalence of CTS, which likely results from the repetitive and strenuous nature of the work.

PMID:
22258161
PMCID:
PMC3275671
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31823fdf53
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