Decompression Syndromes: The Bends (cont.)
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The Bends Follow-up
Follow up immediately for any further signs or symptoms of decompression illness within the next 7 days. After suffering decompression sickness, individuals should not dive again until cleared by a doctor. Depending on the severity of symptoms, and if the person has suffered decompression sickness before, the doctor will likely recommend not to dive again or to avoid diving for some amount of time.
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.