decompression illness


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decompression illness

[dē·kəm′presh·ən ‚il·nəs]
(medicine)
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Allemann's boss, Bernhard Meier, was among the first researchers to link PFO to decompression illness.
Formerly regarded as an anatomic variant, often found at autopsy and of little or no consequence, PFO is now implicated in the etiology of cryptogenic stroke secondary to paradoxical embolism, platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome, neurologic decompression illness in scuba divers, and migraine headaches, especially when accompanied with aura.
Only the bones of whale calves did not show signs of osteonecrosis, the scientists found, and the bone damage became more severe in larger (older) whales--an indication that osteonecrosis caused by decompression illness is a chronic, progressive disease among sperm whales.
She was transferred to Cardiff when doctors diagnosed the decompression illness following a weekend dive off the Pembrokeshire coast.
This is illustrated by the helicopter landing pad nearby and by the unit's divingchamber, one of the deepest diving chambers in the country where diving emergency patients are treated for decompression illness.