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Is it easy to get decompression sickness?
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: If a diver ascends
Too fast, there are too many back to back dives, or dive tables are ignored - decompression sickness can be the result.
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.

In brief: If a diver ascends
Too fast, there are too many back to back dives, or dive tables are ignored - decompression sickness can be the result.
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
can lead to death.
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