Comparison of cold immersion tests with water at 12c and 10 <sup>°</sup>c for 5 minutes in diagnosing vibration-induced white finger
Keywords:Cold water immersion, Control groups, Diagnostic performance, Finger skin, Immersion tests, Power tools, Water immersion
AbstractThe diagnostic performances of two different cold provocation tests were compared with water immersion at 12°C and 10°C for 5 mm in distinguishing vibration-induced white finger (VWF). The cold water immersion tests were conducted on 26 male patients diagnosed with VWF, and 27 healthy male controls who did not regularly use hand-held vibrating power tools, using the protocol of ISO 14835-1:2005. The baseline and during immersion values of finger skin temperature (FST) did not differ signficantly between the patient and control groups under any immersion condition. During recovery at 95% specificity, the sensitivity ranged from 15% to 45% and 15% to 35% for the 12°C and 10°C immersion conditions, respectively. The paired AUCs for the two different immersion conditions did not differ significantly at any time before, during, or after immersion.
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