Goodall, McChesney University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
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Symptoms in humans which result from a sudden reduction in atmospheric pressure. It is also called dysbarism, caisson disease, the bends, and compressed-air illness. It is most commonly seen in two groups of subjects: those who rapidly ascend in nonpressurized airplanes to altitudes in excess of 18,000 ft (5500 m); and divers, scuba divers, sandhogs, and professional workers in hyperbaric chambers who work under increased ambient pressures and are decompressed. See also: Diving
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