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Document ID (ISN)57279
CIS number 92-297
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rudge F.W.
Title Relationship of menstrual history to altitude chamber decompression sickness
Bibliographic information July 1990, Vol.61, No.7, p.657-659. Illus. 7 ref.
Abstract Records at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine were reviewed to determine the relationship between the incidence of altitude chamber decompression sickness (DCS) in females and menstrual history. A significant inverse linear correlation was noted between the number of days since the start of the last menstrual period and the incidence of DCS. The underlying mechanism for the correlation between menstrual cycle and susceptibility to development of DCS is unknown. It is concluded that women are at higher risk of developing altitude related DCS during menses, with the risk decreasing linearly as the time since last menstrual period increases.
Descriptors (primary) USA; menstrual cycle; high altitude; decompression sickness
Descriptors (secondary) sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hypobaric pressure
Hyperbaric pressure