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Watch out for Caisson Disease October 11, 2008

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Miscellany.
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I picked up this article on the web yesterday. I laughed when I saw it talking about decompression required to avoid “Caisson Disease“. Methinks that’s a somewhat archaic term for DCS.

The article also mentions the decompression stops being required to avoid a collapsed lung. That’s the first I’ve heard of that particular connection. It’s true that collapsed lung, a.k.a. Pneumothorax, can be a problem with rapid ascents, but it’s associated with lung overexpansion injury which are not associated with omitted decompression stops.

Hats off to the 5 Massachussets divers who dove the 140 metre deep wreck. They trained for a year to be able to do this extreme dive, which, if not at the leading edge of the sport (250+ metres), is certainly within spitting distance, and way more challenging that anything I’ve ever done, and probably will ever do.

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