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The Bends
(Decompression Syndromes) Topic Guide

Decompression Syndromes: The Bends Decompression Syndromes: The Bends: The bends, or decompression sickness, occurs 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.

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