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Proposal for an osteonecrosis registry in the United States.

Dysbarism-related osteonecrosis: proceedings of a symposium on dysbaric osteonecrosis. Beckman EL, Elliott DH, eds. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 75-153, 1974 Jan; :221-226
The possibility of developing an osteonecrosis registry in the U.S. was discussed. There were about 5000 men employed as professional divers or caisson workers, who were at risk for the development of osteonecrosis. In order to establish such a registry, the individuals must be identified who not only have osteonecrosis, but were also employed in a hyperbaric environment. Benefits arising from the establishment of such a registry included the possibility of being able to identify the groups at risk more fully, with greater accuracy than previously possible. Members of the professional diving industry have paid high rates for insurance partly because no real information existed to describe the actual risks. The data bank would also yield information concerning the factors or combination of factors causing these injuries to develop under hyperbaric exposure. Of major concern in the gathering of such information was the need to supply employer protection. The paper was followed by a discussion of the need for an osteonecrosis registry.
Caisson-disease; Hypobarism; Decompression-sickness; Skeletal-system-disorders; Skeletal-stress; Bone-disorders; Information-systems
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Dysbarism-related osteonecrosis: proceedings of a symposium on dysbaric osteonecrosis