TREAT­MENT

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The diver ar­rived at the cham­ber on a stretcher; he was con­scious and co­her­ent with sta­ble vi­tal signs.

The key com­plaints were weak­ness and numb­ness of both lower ex­trem­i­ties, ab­dom­i­nal full­ness and dis­com­fort, and mod­er­ate lum­bar pains. Due to dif­fi­culty uri­nat­ing, the diver had a catheter. He re­ceived six re­com­pres­sion treat­ments over six days to treat the se­vere symp­toms.

Af­ter each of the first two treat­ments (US Navy Ta­ble 6, 4 hours 45 min­utes each, to a depth of 18 me­tres), the diver ad­vised that the pain in his lower back was bear­able and the numb­ness was re­duc­ing. He was able to stand in­de­pen­dently for two min­utes and walk a lit­tle, but he was wob­bly, weak and un­com­fort­able.

With the symp­toms per­sist­ing, the diver un­der­went a fur­ther three shorter Ta­ble 5 Treat­ments (at 2 hours 16 min­utes each, to a depth of 18 me­tres), fol­lowed by a Ta­ble 9 treat­ment (also at 2 hours 16 min­utes, but to a re­duced depth of ap­prox­i­mately 14 me­tres) to deal with the resid­ual symp­toms.

At the end of all treat­ments, the diver’s catheter was re­moved, he had im­proved bal­ance, and was bet­ter able to walk unas­sisted. He was ad­vised not to fly for an ad­di­tional 72 hours and was re­quired to un­dergo a div­ing med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion prior to re­turn­ing to div­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately, some symp­toms re­turned dur­ing the flight home, so the diver was sent to an emer­gency depart­ment shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia, where he re­quired fur­ther treat­ment and in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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