Decompression sickness Role of patent foramen ovale is limited

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6956.743a (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:743
  1. S Cross,
  2. K Jennings,
  3. L Thomson
  1. Department of Cardiology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen AB9 2ZD British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, Robert Gordon Institute of Technology, Aberdeen
  2. Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2DL.

    EDITOR, — Wilmshurst et al have reported an association between patent foramen ovale and some forms of decompression sickness.1 Our initial experience of performing contrast echocardiography in divers with decompression sickness, which we reported in a letter rather than a peer reviewed paper because we studied our subjects in an uncontrolled and non-blinded manner, failed to confirm this.2 J J W Sykes states that the link between a shunt and decompression sickness is controversial, giving a reference to our letter.3 Peter Wilmshurst, who criticises our findings,4 will recall that at the conclusion of …

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