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Document ID (ISN)101778
CIS number 03-642
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Eglund M., Risberg J.
Title Self-reported headache during saturation diving
Bibliographic information Mar. 2003, Vol.74, No.3, p.236-241. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract Headache is a frequent symptom among divers, but there is limited knowledge of the incidence and clinical characteristics of such headaches. During 2001, a questionnaire was distributed to divers working in offshore diving operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. Questions included past and present headache symptoms, with pain intensity indicated visual analog scale (VAS) from zero to ten. A total of 56 divers from two diving contractors participated in the study, during which 67 saturation dives were registered. The divers estimated a higher frequency of headaches in connection to saturation diving than to other activities of everyday life. One third of the divers reported experiencing headache after they finished decompression. There was a significant increase in reports of headache on the last day of decompression and on the first day post-saturation compared with the start of decompression. Median headache duration was 6h and median pain score estimated on a VAS was 2.5, equivalent to moderate intensity.
Descriptors (primary) migraine; offshore oil extraction; risk factors; saturation diving
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Norway; frequency rates; questionnaire survey; decompression
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
Diseases of the nervous system