Nitrogen Narcosis and Alcohol Consumption—A Scuba Diving Fatality

    Volume 32, Issue 4 (July 1987)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 October 1986

    Page Count: 3


    Patsalis, A
    University of Patra Medical School, General Hospital of Patra, Patra,

    Michalodimitrakis, E
    University of Patra Medical School, General Hospital of Patra, Patra,

    Abstract

    Nitrogen narcosis can cause death among experienced scuba divers. Nitrogen under pressure affects the brain by acting as an anesthetic agent. Furthermore, the consumption of ethanol along with diving will cause the symptoms of nitrogen narcosis to occur at depths less than 30 m. Our case deals with an experienced diver who drank alcoholic beverages before diving and developed symptoms of nitrogen narcosis at a shallow depth. These two conditions contributed to his death by drowning.


    Paper ID: JFS12421J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12421J

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