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All that tingles is not Bends


Decompression illness is an unusual compendium of signs and symptoms associated with compressed gas diving. There are risks of overtreatment and undertreatment. Overtreatment runs the risk of high costs, safety implications of evacuation and recompression, and the significant psychological consequences related to future diving. Undertreatment may result in significant neurological disability, prolonged pain, the need for extended rehabilitation, and inability to return to diving.


This presentation considers the clinical and pathophysiological aspects of decompression illness for the purpose of improving differential diagnosis and differentiating emergency, urgent, timely or non-treatment of possible decompression illness.

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