Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
versión impresa ISSN 1137-6627
Following the changes carried out in recent years in buildings, such as ventilation systems, computers, etc., a series of diseases, that are related to this, have been described. This paper concentrates on the syndrome of the sick building, which is formed by a group of symptoms normally suffered by workers in the same "sick" building. This syndrome is related to its interior ambience, since the clinical manifestations appear some hours after entering the building and improves a few minutes after leaving this ambience. The origin is probably multifactorial: volatile airborne pollutants, the ventilation system, factors related to work organisation, or even dependent on the host. Since there is no single cause, we enumerate the risk factors in developing this syndrome as well as the steps for reaching a diagnosis and useful measures for preventing the sick building.
Palabras clave : Sick building.