Decompression sickness

What is Decompression sickness?

A symptom complex caused by the escape from solution in the body fluids of nitrogen bubbles absorbed originally at high atmospheric pressure, as a result of abrupt reduction in atmospheric pressure (either rapid ascent to high altitude or return from a compressed-air environment); it is characterized by headache; pain in the arms, legs, joints, and epigastrium; itching of the skin; vertigo; dyspnea; coughing; choking; vomiting; weakness (and sometimes) paralysis; and severe peripheral circulatory collapse. Bone infarcts can occur from bubbles in nutrient vessels leading to long-term consequences.

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If you've had decompression sickness and was treated in a decompression chamber 3 times, can you still have bubbles in your blood several years...

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Long-term side effects of decompression sickness is osteonecrosis lead to bone or joint pain and changes in the end organs due to emboli....

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On Monday morning one of my cousins went out spear fishing with some friends. He went down around 14-20 feet in the water around 2 times...

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It's really painful to hear about loss of a young life.
In all probability your cousin suffered a combination of hazards associated with...

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Is it possible for someone to develop soft tissue Sarcoma as a young teenager and remain essentially asymptomatic for a number of years (pattern of...

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No, it is not possible for a cancer like soft tissue sarcoma to start during teenage...

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