The Prevalence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Latino Poultry Processing Workers and Other Latino Manual Workers
Published Date:Feb 2012
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 54(2):198-201.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3275671
Funding:1K23NS062892/NS/NINDS NIH HHS/United States
K23 NS062892/NS/NINDS NIH HHS/United States
K23 NS062892-03/NS/NINDS NIH HHS/United States
R01OH009251/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
To determine the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in Latino poultry processing workers.
Symptoms and nerve conduction studies were used to prospectively assess 287 Latino poultry processing workers and 226 Latinos in other manual labor occupations.
The prevalence of CTS was higher in poultry processing (8.7%) compared to non-poultry manual workers (4.0%, p < 0.0001). The adjusted odds ratio for the prevalence of CTS in poultry workers was 2.51 (95% CI of 1.80 to 3.50) compared to non-poultry workers. Within the poultry workers, those who performed packing, sanitation, and chilling had a trend toward less CTS than those who performed tasks requiring more repetitive and strenuous hand movements.
Latino poultry processing workers have a high prevalence of CTS, which likely results from the repetitive and strenuous nature of the work.
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