One-year Incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Latino Poultry Processing Workers and Other Latino Manual Workers
Published Date:Aug 31 2013
Source:Am J Ind Med. 57(3):362-369.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3946621
Funding:1K23NS062892/NS/NINDS NIH HHS/United States
K23 NS062892/NS/NINDS NIH HHS/United States
R01OH009251/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
To determine the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) over one year in Latino poultry processing workers.
Symptoms and nerve conduction studies were used to identify Latino poultry processing workers (106 wrists) and Latinos in other manual labor occupations (257 wrists) that did not have CTS at baseline, and these individuals were then evaluated in the same manner one year later.
Based on wrists, the one-year incidence of CTS was higher in poultry processing workers than non-poultry manual workers (19.8% vs. 11.7%, p = 0.022). Poultry workers had a higher odds (1.89; p = 0.089) of developing CTS over one year compared to non-poultry manual workers.
Latino poultry processing workers have an incidence of CTS that is possibly higher than Latinos in other manual labor positions. Latino poultry workers’ high absolute and relative risk of CTS likely results from the repetitive and strenuous nature of poultry processing work.
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