A case-control study on the prognosis of vibration syndrome

Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 1986;58(2):113-20. doi: 10.1007/BF00380762.


A case-control study was undertaken to evaluate some factors affecting the prognosis of vibration-induced white finger (VWF), 286 workers, who had used a chain saw in forests and had showed some symptoms and signs that were suspected to be vibration syndrome during some of the years from 1956 to 1980, were selected by medical examinations from a total of 612 forestry workers, and were divided into four groups according to the prognosis of the VWF based on a twenty-year follow-up. The study shows an association between the prognosis of VWF and vibration components, particularly vibration levels, severity of the syndromes not only in peripheral circulation but also in peripheral neuropathy before exposure to vibration ceased. There are also significant associations between the prognosis of peripheral neuromuscular symptoms and the factors of aging and duration of exposure. The study suggests that smoking habits and history of heart failure and diabetes had no effect on the prognosis of VWF.

MeSH terms

  • Finger Injuries / epidemiology
  • Finger Injuries / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Prognosis
  • Risk
  • Vibration / adverse effects*