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The diagnostic value of finger systolic blood pressure and cold-provocation testing for the vascular component of hand-arm vibration syndrome in health surveillance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15520020     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a complex condition with vascular, sensorineural and musculoskeletal components. A number of quantitative tests have been used for assisting in the diagnosis of HAVS and grading disease severity. AIMS: To investigate and compare the diagnostic value of finger systolic blood pressure (FSBP) and rewarming of finger skin temperature (FST) following cold-provocation testing, in the assessment of vascular HAVS. METHODS: Twenty-four individuals with vascular HAVS (Stockholm Workshop stage 2 or 3V) and 22 control subjects underwent FSBP measurements at 30, 15 and 10 degrees C and monitoring of FST following immersion of the hands in water at 15 degrees C for 5 min. RESULTS: There was a significant reduction in median FSBP% in the vascular HAVS group in the change in FSBP from 30 to 15 degrees C adjusted for brachial blood pressure (FSBPC%). There was no difference in the median time for FST to rewarm by 4 degrees C between HAVS cases and controls. The sensitivity and specificity of FSBP to discriminate between the groups varied between 44 and 61% and 91 and 95%, respectively. The sensitivity and specificity for the time for FST to rewarm by 4 degrees C were 71 and 77%. CONCLUSIONS: There is little evidence that the described form of finger rewarming after cold-provocation testing is a useful diagnostic test for vascular HAVS, although it may have some moderate influence in ruling out vascular problems. Based on our data, the FSBP may also have limited use in confirming a positive diagnosis of vibration-induced vascular problems. The higher specificity of the FSBP test suggests it may have some value in ruling out the vascular component of HAVS. The data from this study do not confirm the diagnostic power of FSBP for the vascular component of HAVS reported by a few other investigators.
K Poole; J Elms; H J Mason
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2004-11-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0962-7480     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-03     Completed Date:  2005-04-21     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205857     Medline TA:  Occup Med (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  520-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health and Safety Laboratory, Broad Lane, Sheffield, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Arm / physiopathology
Blood Pressure / physiology
Cold Temperature / diagnostic use*
Diagnostic Techniques, Cardiovascular
Fingers / blood supply*,  physiopathology
Hand / physiopathology
Hot Temperature
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
ROC Curve
Sensitivity and Specificity
Skin Temperature / physiology
Vibration / adverse effects*

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