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ORGANIC DISEASES OF THE SPINAL CORD. Caisson Disease





Category: Diseases of The Nervous System

This affection occurs in divers, bridge builders, and others who
are subject to increased atmospheric pressure. The symptoms develop on
coming suddenly to the surface when the atmospheric pressure is greatly
lessened.

Symptoms. They usually occur on the return to the surface of the water,
or after a few hours have passed. There are pains in the ears and joints
and nose-bleed. The pulse is slow and strong. Neuralgia of the stomach and
vomiting often occur. Paralysis of one side, or of the lower extremities
may occur. Brain symptoms may develop and death may follow in a few hours.
In most cases recovery takes place in a few days or weeks.

Treatment. Persons who are engaged in such work should change very
gradually from a great depth to the surface, and should not go into the
outer air suddenly.





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