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Neurophysiological assessment of divers with medical histories of neurological decompression illness.
  1. A W Murrison,
  2. E Glasspool,
  3. R J Pethybridge,
  4. T J Francis,
  5. E M Sedgwick
  1. Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire.

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE--To examine the possibility that subclinical damage may persist after clinical recovery from neurological decompression illness. METHODS--The neuraxes of 71 divers with medical histories of neurological decompression illness and 37 non-diver controls were examined by recording the somatosensory evoked potentials produced on stimulation of the posterior tibial and median nerves. RESULTS--Although the tests gave some objective support for the presence of "soft" residual neurological symptoms and signs, no evidence was given for the presence of subclinical damage. CONCLUSIONS--The contention that neurological damage persists after full clinical recovery from the neurological decompression illness was not supported.

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