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Bilateral massive pulmonary embolism secondary to decompression sickness: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18005806     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This case report describes massive pulmonary embolism in a patient as a complication of decompression illness. Twenty-four hours after a scuba dive, a 50-year-old man developed acute pulmonary hypertension and decompression sickness that produced bilateral embolism in the lung at day 6 of hospitalization. He had no risk factor for pulmonary embolism earlier except smoking. Decompression sickness that RESULTS in formation of bubbles of inert gas is a risk for both aviators and divers. The present case strongly suggests that micro-bubbles may cause life-threatening massive pulmonary embolism.
Ulubay Gaye; Sarinc Ulasli Sevinc; Karacan Ozgur; Gumus Tuna; Eyuboglu Oner Fusun
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart & lung : the journal of critical care     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0147-9563     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart Lung     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-16     Completed Date:  2008-02-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330057     Medline TA:  Heart Lung     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  450-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pulmonary Disease, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Anticoagulants / therapeutic use*
Decompression Sickness / complications*,  therapy
Enoxaparin / therapeutic use*
Hyperbaric Oxygenation
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Embolism / drug therapy,  etiology*,  radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticoagulants; 0/Enoxaparin

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