Vibration-induced hand problems: Role of the peripheral nerves in the pathophysiology

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A substantial number of people who are exposed to vibrating hand-held tools develop vasospastic and sensorineural symptoms that may seriously affect the ability to work. Apart from the discomfort of the disease itself, this leads to socio-economic problems for the patients and high costs for the society. The diagnosis of the neurological symptoms is sometimes difficult and may be misinterpreted as a nerve compressive disorder such as carpal tunnel syndrome, which may also develop. This review summarises our available knowledge about the pathophysiology of the neurological dysfunction with reference to hand problems after exposure to vibrating hand-held tools.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Surgery


  • Axon, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Degeneration, Demyelination, Fibrosis, Hand, Nerve injury, Neuron, Schwann cell, Vibration
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
JournalScandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct 16
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes