We describe the first case of Weber’s Syndrome to present as a manifestation of decompression illness in a recreational scuba diver. Weber’s Syndrome is characterized by the presence of an oculomotor nerve palsy and contralateral hemiparesis. The patient was a 55 year-old male with a past medical history of a pulmonary cyst, in whom symptoms developed after a multilevel drift dive to a depth of 89 feet for 53 minutes, exceeding no-decompression limits. Symptom onset was within 30 minutes of surfacing and included the Weber’s Syndrome, a sixth nerve palsy, dizziness, nausea, sensory loss, and ataxia. The patient received four U.S. Navy Treatment Tables with complete resolution of all neurological signs and symptoms. The mechanism of injury remains unclear, but may involve aspects of both air gas embolism and decompression sickness. Individuals with pre-existing pulmonary cysts may be at increased risk for dive-related complications.
Padilla, Newton, Barbosa, , , , , , (). Weber’s syndrome and sixth nerve palsy secondary to decompression illness: a case report. Undersea & hyperbaric medicine : journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc, ;32(2):95-101. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15926301