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Syn: barotrauma. So named by those exposed to this occupational risk of working for long periods under increased atmospheric pressure because if the pressure is reduced too rapidly, gases, principally nitrogen, dissolved in synovial fluid, are released as bubbles, causing excruciating pain that causes the sufferer to bend over, doubled up in agony. The condition can be fatal or cause permanent damage if bubbles are released in blood vessels in the brain or heart.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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