Exhaled nitric oxide concentration and decompression-induced bubble formation: An index of decompression severity in humans?
|dc.identifier.citation||Pontier, J. and Buzzacott, P. and Nastorg, J. and Dinh-Xuan, A. and Lambrechts, K. 2014. Exhaled nitric oxide concentration and decompression-induced bubble formation: An index of decompression severity in humans?. Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry. 39 (1): pp. 29-34.|
Introduction Previous studies have highlighted a decreased exhaled nitric oxide concentration (FE NO) in divers after hyperbaric exposure in a dry chamber or following a wet dive. The underlying mechanisms of this decrease remain however unknown. The aim of this study was to quantify the separate effects of submersion, hyperbaric hyperoxia exposure and decompression-induced bubble formation on FE NO after a wet dive. Methods Healthy experienced divers (n = 31) were assigned to either (i) a group making a scuba-air dive (Air dive), (ii) a group with a shallow oxygen dive protocol (Oxygen dive) or (iii) a group making a deep dive breathing a trimix gas mixture (deep-dive). Bubble signals were graded with the KISS score. Before and after each dive FE NO values were measured using a hand-held electrochemical analyzer. Results There was no change in post-dive values of FE NO values (expressed in ppb = parts per billion) in the Air dive group (15.1 ± 3.6 ppb vs. 14.3 ± 4.7 ppb, n = 9, p = 0.32). There was a significant decrease in post-dive values of FE NO in the Oxygen dive group (15.6 ± 6 ppb vs. 11.7 ± 4.7 ppb, n = 9, p = 0.009). There was an even more pronounced decrease in the deep dive group (16.4 ± 6.6 ppb vs. 9.4 ± 3.5 ppb, n = 13, p < 0.001) and a significant correlation between KISS bubble score >0 (n = 13) and percentage decrease in post-dive FE NO values (r = -0.53, p = 0.03). Discussion Submersion and hyperbaric hyperoxia exposure cannot account entirely for these results suggesting the possibility that, in combination, one effect magnifies the other. A main finding of the present study is a significant relationship between reduction in exhaled NO concentration and dive-induced bubble formation. We postulate that exhaled NO concentration could be a useful index of decompression severity in healthy human divers. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.
|dc.title||Exhaled nitric oxide concentration and decompression-induced bubble formation: An index of decompression severity in humans?|
|dcterms.source.title||Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry|
|curtin.department||School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine|
|curtin.accessStatus||Fulltext not available|
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