Decompression Sickness

  • Albert A. Bühlmann


Gas bubbles that lead to a capillary obstruction and then to an ischemically conditioned hypoxia are the initial cause of decompression sickness. The obstruction may be classified as one of two kinds:
  1. (1)

    arterial gas embolism as a consequence of either a central rupture of the lung (burst lung) or explosive decompression (blow up);

  2. (2)

    formation of gas bubbles in tissues (autochthonous gas bubbles).



Pressure Chamber Hyperbaric Oxygen Decompression Sickness Deep Diving Full Pressure 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert A. Bühlmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Departement für Innere Medizin, Medizinische KlinikUniversitätsspital ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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