caisson disease


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caisson disease

n.
Decompression sickness.

caisson disease

n
(Pathology) another name for decompression sickness

decompres′sion sick`ness


n.
an acute disorder involving the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the body fluids, caused by a sudden drop in external pressure, as during a too-rapid ascent from diving, and resulting in pain in the lungs and joints and faintness.
[1940–45]
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Noun1.caisson disease - pain resulting from rapid change in pressurecaisson disease - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
illness, sickness, unwellness, malady - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
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Patients with other medical conditions (trauma, chronic alcoholism, pregnancy, oral contraceptive use, Caisson disease, smoking, radiation exposure and coagulation diseases) (6) with a tendency to osteoporosis or AVN were excluded.
These symptoms and the underlying sickness soon came to be known as "the bends" or caisson disease. Washington himself spent numerous hours in the caissons until he too contracted the disease, which soon paralyzed him from the waist down.
The task he faced was monumental: aside from the challenges posed by the engineering itself, he had to deal with 'caisson disease' - the decompression sickness afflicting those working in the underwater chambers that construction required - and civic corruption, New York being run by the infamous 'Boss Tweed' while plans for the bridge were being drawn up.