Gastric Squeeze Overview
Gastric squeeze, or gas in the gut, often occurs while diving as air inside the body swells during descent and expands during ascent. Other causes of gastric squeeze may include drinking carbonated beverages before diving, eating beans before diving, chewing gum during diving, or repeatedly equalizing the ears with the head down.
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
N Stuart Harris, MD, MFA
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James Kimo Takayesu, MD