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Classification of Altitude Decompression Sickness

Specialty:

Emergency Medicine
Critical Care
Pulmonology
Neurology

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Description:

Altitude Decompression Sickness (DCS) occurs when gas bubbles form in tissue when there is a very rapid reduction in ambient pressure. These bubbles can obstruct blood flow, damage tissue and cause chemical changes. The condition is analogous to the decompression sickness seen in deep sea diver rising to the ocean surface.

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