Volume 32, Issue 4 (July 1987)

    Nitrogen Narcosis and Alcohol Consumption—A Scuba Diving Fatality

    Published Online: October

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    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.


    Author Information:

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

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


    Stock #: JFS12421J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12421J

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    Title Nitrogen Narcosis and Alcohol Consumption—A Scuba Diving Fatality
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