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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31823fdf53
Original Articles

The Prevalence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Latino Poultry-Processing Workers and Other Latino Manual Workers

Cartwright, Michael S. MD; Walker, Francis O. MD; Blocker, Jill N. MS; Schulz, Mark R. PhD; Arcury, Thomas A. PhD; Grzywacz, Joseph G. PhD; Mora, Dana MPH; Chen, Haiying PhD; Marín, Antonio J. MA; Quandt, Sara A. PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in Latino poultry-processing workers.

Methods: Symptoms and nerve conduction studies were used to prospectively assess 287 Latino poultry-processing workers and 226 Latinos in other manual-labor occupations.

Results: The prevalence of CTS was higher in poultry-processing (8.7%) compared with nonpoultry manual workers (4.0%; P < 0.0001). The adjusted odds ratio for the prevalence of CTS in poultry workers was 2.51 (95% confidence interval, 1.80–3.50) compared with nonpoultry 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.

Discussion: Latino poultry-processing workers have a high prevalence of CTS, which likely results from the repetitive and strenuous nature of the work.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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