Acute kidney injury due to decompression illness

A. Viecelli, Jagadish Jamboti, A. Waring, N.D.G. Banham, Paolo Ferrari

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    Decompression illness is a rare but serious complication of diving caused by intravascular or extravascular gas bubble formation. We report the first case of acute kidney injury in a 27-year-old diver following three rapid ascents. He presented with transient neurological symptoms and abdominal pain followed by rapidly progressive acute kidney injury (creatinine peak 1210 μmol/L) due to arterial air emboli. He received supportive care and 100% oxygen followed by hyperbaric therapy and recovered fully. Arterial air emboli caused by rapid decompression can affect multiple organs including the kidneys. Early transfer to a hyperbaric unit is important as complications may present delayed. © 2014 The Author.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)380-382
    JournalClinical Kidney Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Viecelli, A., Jamboti, J., Waring, A., Banham, N. D. G., & Ferrari, P. (2014). Acute kidney injury due to decompression illness. Clinical Kidney Journal, 7(4), 380-382.