Decompression illness in divers: a review of the literature.

  title={Decompression illness in divers: a review of the literature.},
  author={Diana Marie Barratt and Paul G Harch and Keith W Van Meter},
  journal={The neurologist},
  volume={8 3},
BACKGROUND Neurologists may be consulted to diagnose and treat the severe neurologic injuries that can occur in divers with decompression illness (DCI). REVIEW SUMMARY Subclinical bubbles form during normal diving activity. DCI, a diffuse and multifocal process, results when bubbles cause symptoms by exerting mass effect in tissues, or obstructing venous or arterial flow. The lower thoracic spinal cord is a commonly affected area of the central nervous system. The most commonly described form… CONTINUE READING
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