Table 1

Signs and symptoms of decompression illness

Signs and symptoms Any time (%) First
(%)
Final (%)
Pain959557
Paraesthesiae915924
Lethargy827729
Cognitive change776829
Objective sensory change68550
Balance594519
Reflexes593614
Headache554114
Mood change502729
Upper limb coordination362710
Lower limb weakness32275
Upper limb weakness27185
Dizziness1890
Tinnitus1495
Urinary problems1455
Nausea950
Lower limb coordination955
Gait505
  • The percentage of tuna farm divers (22 incidents of decompression illness) with various symptoms and signs before their first hyperbaric treatment (presentation), at the final follow up assessment, and at any time. Also included in the clinical severity scoring system but not found in these divers are visual, hearing, or speech disturbances; lymphatic involvement; bowel dysfunction; and rash.