Carbon dioxide toxicity

5 Interesting Facts of Carbon dioxide toxicity

  1. Toxicity owing to elevated partial pressure of carbon dioxide associated with diving with closed or semi closed circuit rebreathing apparatus
  2. As with nitrogen narcosis, diver may exhibit confusion and decreased mental performance, which may progress to convulsions or loss of consciousness
  3. As with nitrogen narcosis, condition resolves on return to normal pressure
  4. Unlike with nitrogen narcosis, first symptom is usually headache; other differentiating symptoms include dyspnea, facial flushing, and cardiorespiratory depression
  5. Differentiated on basis of history, particularly headache that may persist after ascent

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