The 'bends' and neurogenic bladder dysfunction

Daniel S. Elliott, Steven Mutchnik, Timothy B. Boone

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Decompression sickness (the 'bends') is a well-known risk of scuba diving. The pathophysiology and treatment is well documented. In the urologic data, no reference to the development of a neurogenic bladder as a result of an episode of the bends was found. We present the evaluation and management of a previously asymptomatic man who developed detrusor hyperreflexia after an episode of decompression sickness. Urologists in coastal communities should be aware of the potential risk of the development of neurogenic bladder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365
Number of pages1
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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