Document Type: Letter to Editor
Neurosurgeon-Critical Care, RED LATINO. Latin American Trauma & Intensive Neuro-Care Organization, Bogota, Colombia
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Department of Radiology, National Autonomous Universitiy of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Department of Radiology Hospital, General Dr. Manuel Gea González, Mexico City, Mexico
Department of Internal Medicine, National Autonomous Universitiy of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
National Autonomous Universitiy of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Universidad de Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Scuba diving is associated with an important risk of developing decompression sickness secondary to formation of gas bubbles inside the body. The latter is formed mainly by nitrogen in the body on the diver’s way to the surface (1,2). In some cases, it might injure the central nervous system. Several decompression cases that have been associated with neurologic symptoms are described in the literature; however, brain multi-infarct with lethal outcome has never been described.
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