Decompression Syndromes: The Bends (cont.)
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the bends - decompression syndromes, decompression sickness, decompression illness, caisson disease, bends, skin bends, staggers, chokes, scuba diving
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Author: Scott D. Fell, DO, FAAEM
Editor: Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2013
Scott D. Fell, DO, FAAEM
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Although decompression sickness (DCS), a complex resulting from changed barometric pressure, includes high-altitude–related and aerospace-related events, this article focuses on decompression associated with the sudden decrease in pressures during underwater ascent, usually occurring during free or assisted dives.