Arterial gas embolism breathing compressed air in 1.2 metres of water.

Journal Article

Arterial gas embolism (AGE) may result when diving while breathing compressed gas and ascending rapidly or with a closed glottis. Pulmonary over-pressurisation can result in lung stretch injury with entry of bubbles into the pulmonary venous circulation and subsequently the systemic arterial circulation. We present the case of an individual who suffered AGE while breathing compressed air at 1.2 metres' fresh water (mfw) in a swimming pool and discuss the factors determining the depth at which this form of injury may occur. This case serves to underscore the fact that risk of AGE exists at shallow depths.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hampson, NB; Moon, RE

Published Date

  • September 30, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 292 - 294

PubMed ID

  • 32957133

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7819734

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1833-3516

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.28920/dhm50.3.292-294


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Australia