[Phlebopathies and workers]

G Ital Med Lav Ergon. 2010 Oct-Dec;32(4 Suppl):166-9.
[Article in Italian]


The few studies in literature about the relationship between venous diseases and work show that the posture assumed while working could promote the occurrence of venous disease in lower limbs. We compared male workers belonging to different occupational categories, matched for age, BMI and traditional risk factors for venous diseases, in order to assess the prevalence of venous disease and occupational and not-occupational postural risk factors. We found that maintaining a standing position for more than 50% of the shift appears the most important occupational risk factor in provoking the observed higher prevalence of venous disease in the workers studied. It can be assumed the venous diseases are often determined by occupational factors which could be main or concomitant causes. The identification of preventive measures to apply in workplaces, such as better organization of work, targeted examinations and therapeutic indications as the prescription of elastic stockings, is very important.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases* / etiology
  • Varicose Veins* / epidemiology
  • Varicose Veins* / etiology
  • Venous Insufficiency* / epidemiology
  • Venous Insufficiency* / etiology