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Document ID (ISN)66476
CIS number 96-1016
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goldenberg I., Shupak A., Shoshani O.
Title Oxy-helium treatment for refractory neurological decompression sickness: A case report
Bibliographic information Jan. 1996, Vol.67, No.1, p.57-60. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract A case study is presented of a diver with paraparesis and urinary incontinence that appeared 10 minutes after surfacing from a dive. Symptoms persisted even after hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Subsequent oxy-helium treatment resulted in a marked improvement in gait and in sensory and motor function. Examination indicated an upper motor neuron lesion. Further hyperbaric oxygenation resulted in complete restoration of urinary control and virtually complete sensory and motor recovery. The case reinforces the limited clinical data regarding the value of oxy-helium in the treatment of neurological decompression sickness.
Descriptors (primary) hyperbaric oxygen therapy; helium; neurological effects; diving; decompression sickness
Descriptors (secondary) case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIsrael
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Inorganic substances
Hyperbaric pressure