Accession Number : ADA297023

Title :   Relationship between Age and Susceptibility to Decompression Sickness. A Review.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jan-Jun 94,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX CREW SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Sulaiman, Zahid M. ; Pilmanis, Andrew A. ; O'Connor, Robert B. ; Baumgardner, F. W.

PDF Url : ADA297023

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Susceptibility to decompression siclmess (DCS) is influenced by a multitude of factors. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of age on susceptibility to DCS. A review of the literature on the relationship between age and susceptibility to DCS found an appreciable effect of age on group and individual susceptibility. Most of the studies reviewed were done during World War H and were limited to the age group between 18 and 30. However, Armstrong Laboratory (AL) DCS research database does include data for subjects over 40 years of age. The results from the AL DCS research database show that there was a significant increase in DCS risk for subjects over 42 years of age. They also show that susceptibility to DCS increases with age. There is generally a linear relationship between increasing age and increasing individual susceptibility to DCS.

Descriptors :   *AGING(PHYSIOLOGY), *DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS, DATA BASES, WARFARE, GLOBAL, RISK, LINEARITY, DOCUMENTS, DECOMPRESSION.

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE