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Spinal decompression sickness in an artisanal diving fisherman in Yucatán, Mexico: a case report

Artisanal fishermen around the world employ scuba and surface- supplied diving for their livelihoods and often undergo provocative dive profiles due to economic pressures. Consequently, rates of decompression sickness (DCS) are much greater than in recreational scuba divers. Here we present the case of a surface-supplied diving fisherman from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico who suffered a significant episode of spinal DCS and underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments, with a favorable outcome. Additionally, we review the proposed mechanisms underlying spinal DCS.

DOI: 10.22462/9.10.2017.7