Barotrauma/Decompression Sickness Topic Guide
Scuba Diving: Barotrauma and Decompression Sickness: Barotrauma and decompression sickness refers to medical problems that occur during diving. These problems include decompression illness (the bends), external ear squeeze, middle ear squeeze, inner ear barotrauma, sinus squeeze, face mask squeeze, suit squeeze, lung squeeze, tooth squeeze, and gastric squeeze (aerogastralgia). Treatment is determined by the type of injury or medical problem.
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Scuba Diving: Decompression Illness Decompression illness is a serious condtion that usually follows improper rapid changes in atmospheric pressure, such as with scuba diving. This serious condition, classified in two types, can affect muscles, skin, lymphatics, brain, ears, and lungs.