Sample survey of osteonecrosis in Gulf of Mexico commercial divers.
Fagan-CF; Beckman-EL; Galletti-JB Jr.
A sample survey of a small number of commercial divers yields a high incidence of dysbaric osteonecrosis. A number of the lesions are located in the juxta-articular regions of the bones. The shoulders are the most common site of involvement. Tomography is useful in addition to X-ray techniques in diagnosis. A case history is presented in which the patient describes his work experience, symptoms, treatment, and precautions now being employed in the prevention of bone necrosis in divers.
Bone-disorders; X-ray-diagnosis; Diagnostic-techniques; Environment; Medical-care; Safety-measures;
Dysbarism-Related Osteonecrosis, Proceedings of a Symposium on Dysbaric Osteonecrosis, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio