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A condition of the body resulting from the existence of a pressure differential between the total ambient pressure and the total pressure of dissolved and free gases within the body tissues, fluids, and cavities; characteristic symptoms include aeroembolism and abdominal gas pains.
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Decompression sickness caused by the release of nitrogen bubbles into the bloodstream at a very low ambient pressure. The person must be returned to a high-pressure environment as soon as possible.
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