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Decompression Illness (DCI) Denial Information

Having treated many patients over the years DCI denial is a real factor in divers.

A medical cliche is that "common things are common, rare things rare".

If you have been diving the week before and develop a joint pain, tingling, fatigue or numbness, then do not assume it is anything other than DCI.

It will not be a rare neurological illness; it is most likely to be a bend.

It's not that you have wrenched your shoulder lifting kit; assume it's a bend.

It's probably not a rare tropical bug; assume it's a bend.

Until proven otherwise.

Due to the nature and unpredictability of nitrogen out of solution in the body, DCI must be treated as an emergency and treated quickly

Decompression Illness (DCI) Diver

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