Subatmospheric Decompression Sickness in Man
Ascent to altitude or exposure to artificially reduced atmospheric pressure may lead to the development in man of a wide range of symptoms and signs. Rarely these have been followed by the occurrence of shock, occasionally fatal. The clinical and pathological aspects of the altitude form of decompression sickness are here described and discussed, and an attempt is made to elucidate those factors influencing susceptibility. Possible mechanisms are discussed, the relevant literature reviewed and original experiments are cited. Cases seen by the author are described in detail where they contribute to the tasks of characterization of the illness, the investigation of cases, the differentiation from other conditions and the assessment of possible sequelae. Theoretical and practical aspects of prevention and treatment are described. (Author).
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Acute Clinical Manifestations
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