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Acute decompression sickness--report of an autopsy case with widespread fat embolism.
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PMID:  7257767     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case of acute decompression sickness presenting severe clinical features was reported. At the time of autopsy, intra- and extravascular air bubbles were found in various organs. Pulmonary fat embolism was also prominent in association with severe circulatory disturbances of the lungs. The spinal cord showed edematous and congestive swelling which was intimately related to the coagulation of blood within the epidural veins that contained innumerable fat droplets. Intravascular fat seemed to be created in and released from the injured adipose tissue, especially that of the bone marrow during decompression and to have acted as an accelerator of intravascular coagulation. The pathophysiological significance of the fat embolism for the development and the progression of decompression sickness is discussed.
M Kitano; K Hayashi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta pathologica japonica     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0001-6632     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Pathol. Jpn.     Publication Date:  1981 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-09-22     Completed Date:  1981-09-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372637     Medline TA:  Acta Pathol Jpn     Country:  JAPAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bone Marrow / pathology
Decompression Sickness / blood,  complications,  pathology*
Embolism, Fat / etiology*,  pathology
Spinal Cord / pathology

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