Spinal decompression sickness: The occurrence of lamellar bodies in spinal tissue as potential foci for bubble formation

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Spinal decompression sickness: The occurrence of lamellar bodies in spinal tissue as potential foci for bubble formation

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Title: Spinal decompression sickness: The occurrence of lamellar bodies in spinal tissue as potential foci for bubble formation
Author: Hills, BA
Abstract: A novel fixation method designed specifically to preserve lamellated phospholipid structures has been used to demonstrate lamellar bodies in the spinal tissue of sheep by transmission electron microscopy. The extreme surface activity long associated with these structures in the lung would make them prime agents for initiating bubble formation. Hence their widely differing incidence and distribution within sections, between sections and between subjects indicates that they could be a major factor in determining individual susceptibility to spinal decompression sickness.
Description: Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9987
Date: 1992

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