Wilderness: Decompression Illness Topic Guide
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.
Decompression Syndromes: The Bends The bends, or decompression sickness occur when nitrogen bubbles expand in the bloodstream and tissues when a scuba diver surfaces too fast. Treatment for the bends is done in a recompression chamber.