Korean J Sports Med.  2013 Jun;31(1):30-33. 10.5763/kjsm.2013.31.1.30.

Pulmonary Involvement in Decompression Sickness of a Self Contained Underwater Breath Apparatus Diver

  • 1Department of Radiology, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. sinisim@ewha.ac.kr


Decompression sickness is a self contained underwater breath apparatus (SCUBA)-related injury with various symptoms and is considered an extreme emergency condition. This is a case of pulmonary involvement in decompression sickness in a 26-year-old SCUBA diver. Although pulmonary involvement in decompression sickness is a potentially severe condition that requires immediate treatment, this condition can be under- or misdiagnosed, and evaluation of this disease by imaging findings is not clearly understood. We experienced a case of pulmonary involvement in decompression sickness and herein present the chest computed tomography and simple radiograph findings associated with this condition.


Self contained underwater breath apparatus diving; Dyspnea; Decompression sickness
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