Age, weight and decompression sickness in rats

Peter L. Buzzacott, M. Theron, A. Mazur, Q. Wang, K. Lambrechts, I. Eftedal, S.B. B. Ardestani, F. Guerrero

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    Objective: The aim of this study was to determine if, after controlling for weight, age is associated with decompression sickness (DCS) in rats. Methods: Following compression-decompression, male rats aged 11 weeks were observed for DCS. After two weeks recovery, surviving rats were re-dived using the same compression-decompression profile. Results: In this experiment, there was a clear difference between DCS outcome at ages 11 or 13 weeks in matched rats (p = 0.002). Discussion: Even with weight included in the model, age was significantly associated with DCS (p = 0.01), yet after removal of weight the association was much stronger (p = 0.002). Conclusion: We believe that age is likely to be found associated with the probability of DCS in a larger dataset with a wider range of parameters, after accounting for the effect of weight. © 2015 Taylor and Francis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-69
    Number of pages3
    JournalArchives of Physiology and Biochemistry
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016


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