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Vibration-white foot: a case report.

Authors
Thompson-AMS; House-R; Krajnak-K; Eger-T
Source
Occup Med 2010 Oct; 60(7):572-574
NIOSHTIC No.
20037694
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) refers to the neurological, vascular and musculoskeletal problems that may arise due to exposure to segmental vibration to the hands. An analogous syndrome may occur in the lower extremities of workers exposed to foot-transmitted vibration. AIMS: This report describes the case of a worker with a history of foot-transmitted vibration exposure presenting with cold intolerance in the feet and blanching in the toes. Case report A 54-year-old miner presented with a chief complaint of blanching and pain in his toes. The worker had a history of foot-transmitted vibration exposure over his 18 year career as a miner, primarily from the operation of vehicle-mounted bolting machines. Cold provocation digital plethysmography showed cold-induced vasospastic disease in the feet, but not in the hands. CONCLUSIONS: This case illustrates a condition descriptively termed 'vibration-white foot': a disease analogous to HAVS arising after segmental vibration exposure to the feet. Further research is required to increase awareness of, and direct preventive efforts for, this potentially debilitating condition.
Keywords
Vibration; Vibration-exposure; Vibration-effects; Neurological-system; Foot-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Exposure-levels; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Author Keywords: Feet; hand-arm vibration syndrome; occupational; Raynaud's phenomenon; vibration
Contact
A. M. S. Thompson, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, 4th Floor Shuter Wing, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8, Canada
CODEN
OCMEE8
Publication Date
20101001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
aaron.thompson@utoronto.ca
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0962-7480
NIOSH Division
HELD
Source Name
Occupational Medicine
State
WV
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