Accession Number:

ADA207222

Title:

Facial Ecchymosis Following a Dive with the U.S. Navy Mk 1 Diver's Mask

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

A diver presented with facial ecchymosis in the distribution of his mask following a dive to 43 fsw using the U.S. Navy MK I mask. There was no apparent problem during the dive. He had taken two or three aspirin tablets 1 week prior to the dive. Hematologic studies were notable for a bleeding time of 8 min and abnormal platelet aggregation. After 2 weeks free of medication, the subjects bleeding time was 5 min and platelet aggregation studies were normal. Differential diagnosis of skin lesions following diving is discussed. Face mask squeeze, rare with the MK I mask, appears in this case to be related to abnormal platelet function caused by previous aspirin ingestion.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Life Support Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE