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Radiologic survey to detect aseptic necrosis of the bone secondary to occupational exposure to compressed air (final report).

Authors
Kindwall-E
Source
Department of Radiology, St. Luke's Hospital Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1979 Jan; :1-25
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00091885
Abstract
Bone scans and x-rays from 21 workers with possible or suspected necrosis of the bone due to compressed air exposure while working in a tunneling operation 140 feet below the city of Milwaukee were examined. Seven of the 21 workers had evidence of dysbaric osteoradionecrosis of the long bones. The author concludes that the x-rays were superior to bone scans for evaluations of dysbaric osteonecrosis, because the scans are nonspecified and might yield false positive results for aseptic necrosis. The author recommends revision of OSHA decompression schedules since they possibly cause aseptic necrosis when used in the upper pressure ranges.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Decompression-sickness; Blood-disorders; Compressed-air-intoxication; Tunnel-workers; Confined-space-operations; Medical-screening; X-ray-analysis; Epidemiology
Contact
Radiology St Luke's Hospital 2900 W Oklahoma Avenue Millwaukee, Wis 53215
Publication Date
19790101
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
17517
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-00659
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Disease and Injury;
Source Name
Department of Radiology, St. Luke's Hospital Milwaukee, Wisconsin
State
WI
Performing Organization
St. Luke's Hospital (Milwaukee), Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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