immersion syndrome

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Syn: immersion foot, trench foot. Peripheral vascular lesions, especially of the feet, caused by lengthy periods of working with feet in cold water or soggy wet socks and boots. This is an occupational disease of outdoor and farm workers in cold damp conditions and was a common disability of soldiers engaged in trench warfare in World War I. More extensive prolonged immersion or working in wet clothing in cold conditions can cause more generalized vascular damage, but hypothermia is a frequent outcome.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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