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Sanidad Militar

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OLEA GONZALEZ, A et al. Main places of production of the pathologies that require recompression in hyperbaric chamber. Sanid. Mil. [online]. 2018, vol.74, n.3, pp.179-184. ISSN 1887-8571.


The main pathologies that require a recompression therapy are decompression sickness (DCS) and arterial gas embolism (AGE), boths can be caused by pressure-related activites and certain amount of gas (dissolved or not) in the victim´s blood. Besides diving other pressure-related activities put the person in risk of this pathologies.


To investigate the main place of production of these pathologies and their physiological base.


we reviewed all charts of patients with DCS and AGE from 1970-2017 at Centro de Buceo de la Armada (Cartagena).


There were 392 cases, 345 (88%) diving related, 36 (9,18%) hyperbaric chamber-related, 6 (1,53%) submarine activities related and 4 (1,02%) hypobaric activities-related.


Diving injuries rates are the most important but any pressure-related activity can be risky even hyperbaric chamber activity, considered the safest pressure-related activity.

Palavras-chave : Diving accidents; hyperbaric chamber; submarine; hypobaric chamber.

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