Occupational hazard for pathologists: microscope use and musculoskeletal disorders

Am J Clin Pathol. 2010 Apr;133(4):543-8. doi: 10.1309/AJCPUXDS5KJKRFVW.


The association of prolonged microscope use with the development of chronic pain syndromes has been recognized for nearly 3 decades; yet most pathologists are not well-informed about this hazard until after they develop a problem. The purpose of this article is to make pathologists aware of this risk, discuss current pathogenetic models, and encourage them to proactively integrate prevention strategies into their daily lives.

MeSH terms

  • Back Pain / prevention & control*
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Ergonomics
  • Humans
  • Microscopy
  • Neck Pain / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health