Neurological symptoms of the sick building syndrome: Analysis of a questionnaire

Antonietta Citterio, Elena Sinforiani, Annapia Verri, Silvano Cristina, Emanuela Gerosa, Giuseppe Nappi

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Abstract

Sick building syndrome (SBS) is an excess of work-related irritations of the skin and mucous membranes and of symptoms such as headache and fatigue in those working in modern air-conditioned buildings. We aimed to analyse the neurological symptoms, especially headache, in workers with potential SBS. The most frequent symptoms were headache and dry eyes. Sex was a major factor of difference: women report more symptoms than men. A positive correlation emerged between the number of symptoms and the asthenia scale score: Only 11 (8.2% of the whole sample) and 37 (27.4%) workers met all the IHS criteria for migraine and tension-type headache respectively. At least one symptom of SBS was present in 92.6% of workers. A negative correlation emerges between air conditioning and headache during working hours. No correlation emerges between the workplace comfort indicator and SBS and asthenic symptoms while a negative correlation was found between migraine and tension-type headache and comfort in the workplace. SBS symptoms are very frequent among all workers but headache is the primary symptom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-230
Number of pages6
JournalFunctional Neurology
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998

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Sick Building Syndrome
Headache
Tension-Type Headache
Migraine Disorders
Workplace
Air Conditioning
Asthenia
Fatigue
Mucous Membrane
Air
Surveys and Questionnaires
Skin

Keywords

  • Headache
  • Psychophysiological disorders
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Citterio, A., Sinforiani, E., Verri, A., Cristina, S., Gerosa, E., & Nappi, G. (1998). Neurological symptoms of the sick building syndrome: Analysis of a questionnaire. Functional Neurology, 13(3), 225-230.

Neurological symptoms of the sick building syndrome : Analysis of a questionnaire. / Citterio, Antonietta; Sinforiani, Elena; Verri, Annapia; Cristina, Silvano; Gerosa, Emanuela; Nappi, Giuseppe.

In: Functional Neurology, Vol. 13, No. 3, 07.1998, p. 225-230.

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Citterio, A, Sinforiani, E, Verri, A, Cristina, S, Gerosa, E & Nappi, G 1998, 'Neurological symptoms of the sick building syndrome: Analysis of a questionnaire', Functional Neurology, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 225-230.
Citterio A, Sinforiani E, Verri A, Cristina S, Gerosa E, Nappi G. Neurological symptoms of the sick building syndrome: Analysis of a questionnaire. Functional Neurology. 1998 Jul;13(3):225-230.
Citterio, Antonietta ; Sinforiani, Elena ; Verri, Annapia ; Cristina, Silvano ; Gerosa, Emanuela ; Nappi, Giuseppe. / Neurological symptoms of the sick building syndrome : Analysis of a questionnaire. In: Functional Neurology. 1998 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 225-230.
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