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What is this decompression sickness?

What is this decompression sickness?

Usually from diving: It is the body's response to reduction of pressure without equilibration. Usually associated with too rapid ascent from depth, it is also called caisson's disease because of the air pressure necessary to keep water excluded in contruction (e.g., deep bridge abuttments). ...Read more

Decompression (Definition)

Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a ...Read more


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How can you get decompression sickness?

How can you get decompression sickness?

DCS: Decompression sickness (dcs) is also called the bends. When a diver descends in the water- pressure increases. As the diver ascends there is less pressure which allows dissolved gas to form bubbles in body tissues. This can cause a variety of different symptoms ; in some cases can lead to death. It could also occur in an unpressurized aircraft going to high altitude, if a halo parachutist does not. ...Read more

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Is it easy to get decompression sickness?

Is it easy to get decompression sickness?

Usually from diving: It is the body's response to reduction of pressure without equilibration. Usually associated with too rapid ascent from depth, it is also called caisson's disease because of the air pressure necessary to keep water excluded in contruction (e.g., deep bridge abuttments). If the pressure high and suddenly reduced, yes. If one does not adhere to dive tables or if one is frightened or distracted. ...Read more

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How can I naturally treat decompression sickness?

I know of no: Natural remedies for acute decompression sickness. Recompression is the treatment for decompression. It is best done in a hypebraric chamber but can be done in water. ...Read more

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What can I do about possible decompression sickness?

Get immediate: Evaluation my an undersea / diving / hyperbaric physician or get seen at your er. You can call the 24 hour dan emergency hotline at (919) 684-9111. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is decompression sickness?

DCS: Decompression sickness (dcs) is also called the bends. When a diver descends in the water- pressure increases. As the diver ascends there is less pressure which allows dissolved gas to form bubbles in body tissues. This can cause a variety of different symptoms ; in some cases can lead to death. It could also occur in an unpressurized aircraft going to high altitude, if a halo parachutist does not. ...Read more

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How do you get over decompression sickness?

How do you get over decompression sickness?

Usually from diving: It is the body's response to reduction of pressure without equilibration. Usually associated with too rapid ascent from depth, it is also called caisson's disease because of the air pressure necessary to keep water excluded in contruction (e.g., deep bridge abuttments). ...Read more

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Can you get decompression sickness from a tank?

Can you get decompression sickness from a tank?

Maybe: From a pressurized wet tank - but the people operating the tank pressures would have to be really screwing it up - for this to occur. I should note - I am not talking about the tall wet tanks that are used to teach underwater welding or diving. I guess if you were underwater long enough - it could occur w one of these. ...Read more

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Why do divers call decompression sickness "the bends"?

They bend over: Because when dcs was discovered in the 19th century, the patients suffering from it would arch their backs in pain which resembled a then, popular dance maneuver, the "grecian bend." funny how medical terms originate. ...Read more

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Could you pick up decompression sickness from a bath?

Could you pick up decompression sickness from a bath?

No: This requires serious pressure changes (scuba diving, working underwater in a pressurized environment.). ...Read more

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What are reasons why symptoms of decompression sickness are often delayed?

Bends: If one doesn't ascend from depth (scuba diving) in a prescribed manner bubbles of nitrogen are trapped in the joints, soft tissues and arterioles causing pain symptoms.
One then needs to undergo time in a decompression chamber where they take you down to depth and bring to sea level more slowly.
Ask your PMD for referral to a dive specialist ASAP, if left untreated can have lasting ramifications ...Read more

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How does decompression sickness affect the brain?

How does decompression sickness affect the brain?

Bubble brain: Literally, nitrogen 80% of air is pressured into the blood stream and embolizes to body parts
the brain is more sensitive to flow interruption than muscle, and other organs. ...Read more

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How can type 1 inner ear decompression sickness be differentiated from combined hypothermia, overexertion, and exhaustion? Normal dive, 47ft for 38min with an ascent rate of 58 ft/min. Flooded drysuit in 38f water combined with 200 yd hike uphill with 80

How can type 1 inner ear decompression sickness be differentiated from combined hypothermia, overexertion, and exhaustion? Normal dive, 47ft for 38min with an ascent rate of 58 ft/min. Flooded drysuit in 38f water combined with 200 yd hike uphill with 80

Inner: Inner ear dcs is an extremely rare form of dcs and is not likely based on your dive profile. It is most commonly seen in deep dives with heliox mixtures (edmonds et al, diving and subaquatic medicine, 2002) and may be associated with changes of breathing gas at deep depths as a result of isobaric counterdiffusion (brubakk and neuman, physiology and medicine of diving, 2003), neither of which was present in your dive history.

Additional history with regard to the onset of symptoms (during the dive, immediately after dive, delayed onset after dive) could help to differentiate iedcs from other etiologies. It would also be helpful to know whether the symtoms have improved or resolved, and if so, when.

Physical examination would provide helpful information in making an accurate diagnosis. Iedcs can be associated with acute sensorineural hearing loss, vertigo and tinnitis (ringing in the ears). Inner ear barotrauma may present with many overlapping symptoms, so direct visualization of the ear drum and hearing tests would be mandatory before a diagnosis of iedcs can be made.

Although I believe that iedcs is very unlikely in your case, the only way to be sure is to be examined by a qualified physician. ...Read more

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My 10 y.o daughter has kawasaki disease and multiple giant aneurysms from her neck down, diagnosed at six weeks old. Is decompression an option at all?

My 10 y.o daughter has kawasaki disease and multiple giant aneurysms from her neck down, diagnosed at six weeks old. Is decompression an option at all?

Probably not: Giant aneurysms have been successfully decompressed by use of polyurethane endovascular stents. This has been done in cases where the aneurysm was pressing on adjacent structures causing complications. The procedure entails some risk and likely would not be feasible for multiple asymptomatic giant aneurysm. ...Read more

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Is non-surgical spinal decompression a good option for 70 yr old male 300 lbs, 5'10" with degenerative disc disease?

Hard to say: In general, the biggest concern I have given the information provided is your weight, which is likely causing chronic injury to your low back and could be leading to the degenerative disc changes you mention. Non-surgical decompression can be very helpful, but I would combine this with significant weight loss (target weight ...Read more

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Received permanent nerve damage on back of head and suffer severe headaches would nerve decompression work for this, medicine doesn't.

Received permanent nerve damage on back of head and suffer severe headaches would nerve decompression work for this, medicine doesn't.

Possibly: I would recommend seeing a neurosurgeon first. If they can't help, then I would recommend a pain management specialist or a palliative medicine specialist. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Have thyroid eye disease. Can't get lower eyelid surgery cause eye bulges too much. Dr said wait or get decompression. Don't want decomp. How long 2 wait?

Have thyroid eye disease. Can't get lower eyelid surgery cause eye bulges too much. Dr said wait or get decompression. Don't want decomp. How long 2 wait?

Eyelid Surgery: Thyroid ophthalmopathy or bulging eyes should be resolved prior to lower eyelid surgery to minimize the risk of lower eyelid mal-position or ectropion that can result in dry eye syndrome. ...Read more

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Have graves disease&bulging eyes. Is there minor surgery I can have to reduce staring appearance&under eye bags? Orbital decompression seems drastic?

Graves: The eyelids can be adjusted to reduce the cosmetic effect of thyroid eye disease. Depending on the severity, you may be able to avoid orbital decompression. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is decompression syndrome?

DCS: Decompression sickness (dcs) is also called the bends. When a diver descends in the water- pressure increases. As the diver ascends there is less pressure which allows dissolved gas to form bubbles in body tissues. This can cause a variety of different symptoms ; in some cases can lead to death. It could also occur in an unpressurized aircraft going to high altitude, if a halo parachutist does not. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: decompression?

What is the definition or description of: decompression?

See below: Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a structure is being compressed. ...Read more

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Does decompression surgery work?

Specific?: There are a lot of decompression surgeries for different parts of the body. Can you list out your medical history in (pmh section) and previous treatments, this will help for better answers. ...Read more

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How long does it take peroneal nerve to heal after decompression?

Biphasic response: Typically, recovery occurs in two stages, with some initial improvement in the days or weeks after the surgery (as stunned nerves wake back up), followed by months of no real improvement and then finally a second stage of improvement (as regenerating nerve fibers finally grow to reach their targets). The important thing is to keep as active and limber as possible while waiting. ...Read more

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How long is the typical recovery from microvascular decompression?

Need more info: It is not clear what procedure you are referring to... Microvascular decompression does not clearly identify any specific procedure that I am aware of. Please provide more information for complete answer. ...Read more

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What is used to pad the nerve during microvascular decompression? Does  the body ever reject the material?

Teflon: Generally for a microvascular decompression an inert substance like a sterile teflon pledget is used to pad the nerve. This helps to shield the nerve from the movements of the artery.
These material for the most part are inert and are not rejected by the body. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from a trapped lfcn. It looks like I'm going to have surgery. Which is the best, decompression or cutting. I've had it 3 yrs now!?

Acronyms: Fortunately I know that lfcn means lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, but try to avoid acronyms if at all possible. Cutting a nerve is drastic & usually irreversible. Decompression of a nerve is always the first choice unless the nerve is involved in a malignant tumor. Deprivation of normal sensation can result in a very unpleasant & difficult to treat pain disorder--anesthesia dolorosa. ...Read more

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What is disc decompression? Read decompressing maneuvers to vertebra can add 3 ins permanent height in adults. Is this same as chiropract adjustments?

What is disc decompression? Read decompressing maneuvers to vertebra can add 3 ins permanent height in adults. Is this same as chiropract adjustments?

Varies: The term disc decompression is used to describe a number of spinal interventions. It is most commonly used to describe a type of traction performed on the spine, often with the spine in a flexed position. It can be done on a specialized traction table or using a computerized machine. While it can help in symptom relief, it could not permanently add three inches in height to an adult patient. ...Read more

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What is decompression laminectomy?

Spine surgery: Decompression laminectomy is where the surgeon takes off the bone and lamina on the backside of the spine. It is most commonly done for spinal stenosis where there is a narrowing of the spinal canal and it can be a useful procedure depending on the patient's symptoms. ...Read more

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How's spinal decompression done?

How's spinal decompression done?

Surgical: If you have spinal stenosis that require surgery, then a laminectomy is usually the type of surgery that would resolve the tightness. If you have a room that is full of people, and you want to make the room bigger you take the roof off. Essentially the lamina is the roof of the spinal canal and this can be removed to make more room for the spinal nerve elements. ...Read more