Neurologic presentation of decompression sickness and air embolism in sport divers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In a retrospective study of scuba divers with neurologic injuries, we found that mild symptoms were common. Seventy divers had decompression sickness, most often with paresthesias or numbness, rarely with paresis. Thirty-nine divers had air embolism that often caused unconsciousness or mild symptoms of cerebral injury. Many divers with neurologic decompression sickness gave histories of dives that were within conventional limits, and many with air embolism gave no history of breath-holding during ascent. Mild symptoms sometimes regressed spontaneously. Recompression delays were responsible for poor responses to therapy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dick, AP; Massey, EW

Published Date

  • May 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 667 - 671

PubMed ID

  • 3990967

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/wnl.35.5.667


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States