Document Type: Letter to Editor


1 Neurosurgeon-Critical Care, RED LATINO. Latin American Trauma & Intensive Neuro-Care Organization, Bogota, Colombia

2 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

3 Department of Radiology, National Autonomous Universitiy of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

4 Department of Radiology Hospital, General Dr. Manuel Gea González, Mexico City, Mexico

5 Department of Internal Medicine, National Autonomous Universitiy of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

6 National Autonomous Universitiy of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

7 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.


Main Subjects

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5. Chojdak-Łukasiewicz J, Dziadkowiak E, Bladowska J, Paradowski B. Vertebral artery dissection and stroke after scuba diving. Neurol India 2014;; 62(6): 711. doi:10.4103/0028-3886.149455.