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Circulatory disturbances of the foot in vibration syndrome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1889885     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Circulatory disturbances of the foot in patients with vibration syndrome were studied by measuring the skin temperature of both index fingers and great toes through a 3-min immersion of the right foot in cold water at 10 degrees C. Subjects included 11 patients with vibration-induced white finger (VWF) [VWF(+) group], 12 patients without VWF [VWF(-) group], and 20 healthy referents not exposed to vibration. Patients were all male chain saw operators who had scarcely been exposed to vibration of the foot. The prevalence of coldness felt in the upper and lower extremities was greater than 90% in the VWF(+) group, about 60% in the VWF(-) group, and less than 10% in the referents. The extent of the coldness was greatest in the VWF(+) group. The skin temperature of both fingers and toes was lowest in the VWF(+) group, somewhat higher in the VWF(-) group, and highest in the referents both before and after immersion. These findings indicate that patients with vibration syndrome, especially those with VWF, have circulatory disturbances in the foot as well as in the hand. The disturbances in the foot may be related to long-term repeated vasoconstriction in the foot induced by hand-arm vibration through the sympathetic nervous system.
H Sakakibara; T Hashiguchi; M Furuta; T Kondo; M Miyao; S Yamada
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International archives of occupational and environmental health     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0340-0131     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Arch Occup Environ Health     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-10-15     Completed Date:  1991-10-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7512134     Medline TA:  Int Arch Occup Environ Health     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Fingers / blood supply
Foot / blood supply*
Ischemia / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / physiopathology
Occupational Diseases / physiopathology*
Risk Factors
Skin Temperature / physiology
Vibration / adverse effects*

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