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Document ID (ISN)101635
CIS number 03-635
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Butler W.P.
Title Epidemic decompression sickness: Case report, literature review, and clinical commentary
Bibliographic information Aug. 2002, Vol.73, No.8, p.798-804. 43 ref.
Abstract This paper reports a collective case of epidemic decompression sickness (DCS) and reviews the literature. The case reported describes six aircrew men with DCS following an unpressurized flight. Factors contributing to this case are discussed in depth. The literature was also examined for similar cases of epidemic DCS, and four other instances were identified. Detailed qualitative analysis of these reports was performed. Based on these data, DCS is defined and classified. Adopting the proposed outline should produce an aetiology that can be used by flight medical physicians and against which control measures can be directed.
Descriptors (primary) aetiology; risk factors; decompression sickness
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; aircraft; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Hyperbaric pressure