Diagnosing decompression illness (DCI) is kind of a nightmare. It’s usually a diagnosis of exclusion. Many times the patients’ complaints are vague. “My left arm hurts,” might be one. Could it be a heart attack, could it be an overuse injury, or is it dive related?
DCI encompasses both decompression sickness, DCS (the bends) and barotrauma (to include arterial gas embolism or AGE). The difference is usually onset. Continue Reading