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Document ID (ISN)66477
CIS number 96-1017
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sowden L.M., Kindwall E.P., Francis T.J.R.
Title The distribution of limb pain in decompression sickness
Bibliographic information Jan. 1996, Vol.67, No.1, p.74-80. Illus. 74 ref.
Abstract A review of over 19,000 cases of limb pain in decompression sickness (DCS) revealed a predominance of upper limb involvement in bounce divers and in aviators; lower limbs were more commonly involved in compressed air workers and saturation divers. A hypothesis based on the counter current exchange of inert gas is put forward as a possible mechanism to explain this reported distribution of limb pain in DCS. The hypothesis is discussed in relation to bounce diving, saturation diving, compressed air workers, and decompression to altitude.
Descriptors (primary) decompression sickness; diving; work in pressurized atmosphere; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) cardiovascular system; aircraft pilots; saturation diving; aetiology
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom; USA
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hyperbaric pressure