Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2014; 18 - a2524
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1389062

Posturographic Analysis of Workers Exposed to Chemotherapy

Isadora Gonçalves Pelissari 1, Licia Assunção Cogo 1, Natália Martinez Fernandes 1, Valdete Alves Valentins dos Santos Filha 1
  • 1Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM)

Introduction: Work accidents can be caused by several risk factors, such as chemical risks, in particular, caused by chemotherapy. Ototoxicistoxic in cochleovestibular apparatus, producing dizziness, nausea and vomiting, for example. Workers exposed to chemotherapy often have complaints of dizziness, and an effective way to assess the balance of thispopulation is through Dynamic Posturography Foam-Laser.

Objectives: To evaluate the integration between the vestibular, visual and proprioceptive systems nurses and pharmacists at a University Hospital exposed to chemotherapy through the sensory organization test (SOT), through dynamic posturography foam-laser (FLP).

Methods: Were evaluated 16 workers, 14 (87.5%) women, and 2 (12.5%) men, the avarege mean age of 41.81 years. All were submitted to anamnesis and dynamic posturography foam-laser.

Results: In posturography evaluation, the mean result of the TOSs performance remained below normal. The vestibular system was most affected and the mean values of the SOTs I, II, and III was altered for all subject sassessed.

Conclusion: This study demonstrates that nurses and pharmacists need further attention for its vestibular health, as the result of the examination was altered. There should be a greater awareness of the effects of ototoxic thispopulation, since exposure to chemotherapy may cause to health, such as balance disorders and dizziness damage when not observed the correct security measures.