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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

On-line version ISSN 1989-7790Print version ISSN 0465-546X


GARRAFA NUNEZ, Mayra Mevic; GARCIA MARTIN, María Cristina  and  SANCHEZ LEMUS, Graciela. Tenosynovitis upper extremity occupational risk factors. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2015, vol.61, n.241, pp.486-503. ISSN 1989-7790.

Objectives: To identify the workers tenosynovitis triggering risk factors verifying which can be considered work-related cases and recognizing the most frequently occurring form in the workplace. Methods: A literature review of the scientific literature published in PubMed-Medline, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, CISDOC-ILO/OSH UPDATE, Scopus, LILACS and IBECS over the period 2007-2014 is performed. Results: A total of 14 items were obtained, among which 10 were cross-sectional items and 4 cases and controls. They all show a high probability of developing tenosynovitis at the workplace. The relationship with repetitive movements was the most important risk factor with OR > 2 followed by awkward postures and vibrating tools use. Regarding psychosocial factors of depression in an OR = 3.04 (CI95% 2.43-3.81) and the combination of repetitive motion and stress, OR = 4.94 (CI95% 3.532 to 6.91). Conclusion: Repetitive movements, enforced and maintained postures, vibrating tools, age, being female, white race, stress were the risk factors found, however it was not possible to demonstrate if it was merely coincidence. The most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders were rotator cuff syndrome, Quervain's disease, trigger finger and the lateral and medial epicondylitis.

Keywords : Tenosynovitis; risk factors; occupational injuries; work-related; occupational diseases.

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