‘Explosive’ Decompression Injuries

  • Douglas E. Busby


However remote the possibility might be, astronauts will always face the potential hazard of ‘explosive’ decompression during space missions. Such an extremely rapid reduction of the ambient atmospheric pressure of a spacecraft cabin might be caused by the penetration of the cabin wall by a large meteoroid, or by a structural failure resulting from a landing accident on a moon or planet. A space suit might receive a large perforation from accidental contact with a sharp stationary object, or with a tool or other piece of movable extravehicular equipment during an extravehicular operation.


Ambient Atmospheric Pressure Space Suit Sinus Cavity Rapid Decompression Interstitial Emphysema 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas E. Busby
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  1. 1.The Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and ResearchAlbuquerqueUSA

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