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Preconditioning methods and mechanisms for preventing the risk of decompression sickness in scuba divers: a review.
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PMID:  20623437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Scuba divers are at risk of decompression sickness due to the excessive formation of gas bubbles in blood and tissues following ascent, with potentially subsequent neurological injuries. Since nonprovocative dive profiles are no guarantor of protection against this disease, novel means are required for its prevention including predive procedures that could induce more resistance to decompression stress. In this article, we review the recent studies describing the promising preconditioning methods that might operate on the attenuation of bubble formation believed to reduce the occurrence of decompression sickness. The main practical applications are simple and feasible predive measures such as endurance exercise in a warm environment, oral hydration, and normobaric oxygen breathing. Rheological changes affecting tissue perfusion, endothelial adaptation with nitric oxide pathway, up-regulation of cytoprotective proteins, and reduction of preexisting gas nuclei from which bubbles grow could be involved in this protective effect.
Emmanuel Gempp; Jean-Eric Blatteau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in sports medicine (Print)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1543-8635     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Sports Med     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-12     Completed Date:  2010-10-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101167637     Medline TA:  Res Sports Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-18     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine, Saint Anne's Military Hospital, 83041 Toulon, France.
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MeSH Terms
Decompression Sickness / physiopathology,  prevention & control*
Diving / adverse effects*,  physiology
Embolism, Air / prevention & control
Exercise / physiology
Hot Temperature
Hyperbaric Oxygenation
Oxygen / therapeutic use
Physical Endurance / physiology*
Water-Electrolyte Balance
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