|Document ID (ISN)||109490|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Gempp E., Blatteau J.E., Stephant E., Pontier J.M., Constantin P., PÚny C.
||MRI findings and clinical outcome in 45 divers with spinal cord decompression sickness
||Dec.2008, Vol.79, No.12, p.1112-1116. Illus. 23 ref.
||Decompression sickness (DCS) affecting the spinal cord is the most dangerous form of diving-related injury with potential sequelae. This study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between spinal cord lesions on MRI and clinical findings in divers with spinal DCS. A total of 45 cases of DCS that were referred to a hyperbaric facility with clinical evidence of spinal involvement during the period 2002-2007 were studied. The study included only patients who underwent MRI within 10 days of injury. The severity of spinal DCS for each patient was rated numerically for both the acute event and one month later. The presence or absence of back pain was also noted. Spinal cord lesions were significantly more frequent in divers with severe DCS, and did not occur in any diver who experienced a favorable outcome. It is concluded that MRI could be helpful in predicting clinical outcome in divers with spinal cord DCS. Other findings are discussed.
||decompression sickness; diving; magnetic resonance imaging; medical examinations; spinal cord injuries; diagnosis
||hyperbaric pressure; severity rates; disc lesions
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||France|
|Broad subject area(s)