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Diver's hand: a skin disorder common in occupational saturation diving.
  1. C Ahlén,
  2. O J Iversen,
  3. J Risberg,
  4. G Volden,
  5. H Aarset
  1. SINTEF Unimed, Extreme Work Environment, Trondheim, Norway.


    Saturation divers regularly inspect North Sea installations, working at depth for periods of 12-16 days. Diver's hand is a particular problem in saturation diving, and there is no effective protection or treatment available. This paper presents the occurrence of diver's hand and describes the disease in clinical and epidemiological terms. Three studies of diver's hand have been carried out, in 1990, 1994, and 1995. Most long term saturation divers have had diver's hand at some time in their professional career. Diver's hand seems able to occur without any previous skin symptoms, and divers without diver's hand can have several other skin symptoms during a saturation period. It is likely that diver's hand is a specific phenomenon associated with saturation diving.

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