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Repetitive breath-hold diving causes serious brain injury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20369648     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report on a Japanese male professional breath-hold diver (Ama) who developed neurological disorders during repetitive dives to 22 meters of sea water. Each diving duration and surface interval were 40-80 seconds and 20-30 seconds, respectively. He suffered from sensory numbness of the right cheek, hand and foot, and double vision after more than two hours of consecutive dives. Magnetic resonance images of his brain showed multiple cerebral infarcts, and one of the lesions was situated in the brainstem. There is a possibility that repetitive deep breath-hold dives with short surface intervals can induce fatal accidents for divers.
Hideki Tamaki; Kiyotaka Kohshi; Shuichi Sajima; Junichiro Takeyama; Takashi Nakamura; Hideo Ando; Tatsuya Ishitake
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Undersea & hyperbaric medicine : journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1066-2936     ISO Abbreviation:  Undersea Hyperb Med     Publication Date:    2010 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-07     Completed Date:  2010-04-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9312954     Medline TA:  Undersea Hyperb Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-11     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Division of Emergency Medicine, Tamaki Hospital, Hagi, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebellar Diseases / etiology
Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis,  etiology*,  therapy
Decompression Sickness / etiology,  therapy
Diving / adverse effects*
Hyperbaric Oxygenation
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Paresthesia / etiology,  therapy
Time Factors
Comment In:
Undersea Hyperb Med. 2010 Jan-Feb;37(1):1-5   [PMID:  20369647 ]

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