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dysbarism




A general term that includes a complex variety of symptoms within the body caused by changes in ambient barometric pressure, but not including hypoxia. Characteristic symptoms are bends and abdominal gas pains at altitudes above 7,500–9,000 m. Also at increased barometric pressure, as in descent from a high altitude, the symptoms are characterized by painful distention of the ear drums and sinuses.


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