decompression illness

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decompression illness

Aeroembolism due to an excessively rapid ascent to the surface by a deep-sea diver. Synonym: bends; caisson disease; Synonym: diver's palsy See: aeroembolism


Affected patients should be transported to specialized treatment centers where recompression or hyperbaric chambers are available.

See also: illness
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The mainstay of treatment of decompression illness remains hyperbaric therapy.
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