The authors report on modifications of blood platelets in the rat resulting from decompression accidents. The findings show an increase in filtration pressure, whereas a significant reduction in the number of platelets is observed. This finding undoubtedly reflects disseminated platelet aggregates of which but a minor portion circulate. On the other hand, photometric measurement of the aggregation shows the appearance of a hypoaggregation of platelets that can be attributed to an altered distribution of the platelet populations.
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