altitude decompression sickness


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altitude decompression sickness

A permutation of decompression sickness which almost invariably affects scuba divers who ascend too rapidly to heights above 5500 meters.
 
Management
Hyperbaric oxygen.

altitude decompression sickness

Wilderness medicine A permutation of decompression sickness–which almost invariably affects scuba divers–that affects those ascending above 5500 meters Management Hyperbaric oxygen. See Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Mountain sickness. Cf (the) Bends, Decompression sickness.