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Decompression sickness

Summary of Decompression sickness
Decompression sickness, or caisson disease, describes a condition arising from dissolved blood gases, particularly nitrogen, precipitating into bubbles on depressurization. It most commonly refers to problems arising from underwater diving decompression (i.e., during ascent), but may be experienced in other depressurization events such as working in a caisson. Treatment is with hyperbaric oxygen.

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A 30-year-old man comes to the emergency department for cardiac arrest with hypovolemia secondary to multisystem trauma. The patient is resuscitated, during which a central venous catheter is inserted into the subclavian vein. The patient recovers well without complications. Seven days later, the patient’s catheter is removed, and half an hour later his blood pressure begins to decline and he becomes dyspneic. Within minutes, he experiences respiratory failure and dies. Which of the following was the most likely cause of death? 

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