decompression illness


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decompression illness

[dē·kəm′presh·ən ‚il·nəs]
(medicine)
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For example, every patient discharged following treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression illness (DCI) receive written information specific to these problems.
Past studies have linked PFO to increased risks of stroke, migraine, and decompression illness, an injury that occurs in scuba divers.
In the late 1990s, anecdotal evidence began to hint at some relationship when migraineurs who had a PFO closed for decompression illness began reporting decreases in--and even complete cessation of--migraine.
It seemed only natural that deep-diving sperm whales would be immune from decompression illness, or "the bends"--the painful, sometimes fatal condition that human divers suffer when they surface too rapidly.
I learn that my third day out when I swim too deep, don't decompress properly, and get locked out of diving for 24 hours to prevent me from getting decompression illness, a.