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Undersea and hyperbaric medicine deals with problems and conditions that arise in diving accidents. An undersea and hyperbaric medicine physician treats divers for decompression sickness or nitrogen narcosis. This specialist is knowledgeable regarding oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber for victims of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation. The undersea medicine physician also treats patients with exceptional blood loss, osteomyelitis, thermal burns and radiation tissue damage. This physician has a background regarding dangers to divers and others in the sea, including marine infections, injuries from poisonous marine life, polluted water, seasickness and malaria. Physicians in this specialty treat patients suffering from numerous diseases and illnesses, but some of the most common are Lyme disease, stroke, cerebral palsy, dementia, Carbon monoxide poisoning, Sports injuries, rheumatic disease, Necrotizing fasciitis, Post-polio syndrome, absence seizure, Decompression sickness, Severe infection by anaerobic bacteria, Severe uncorrected anemia, necrosis and radiation osteonecrosis, Air or gas embolism, Certain non-healing wounds, and Chronic refractory Osteomyelitis. Once properly diagnosed, practitioners can perform numerous procedures on patients including Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). To diagnose patients with possible illnesses and diseases, specialists will often perform one of many tests including transcutaneous oxygen testing.
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