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    Diving after Pneumothorax

    Hi Members, non CCR specific medical question here.

    I have a friend who would love to give diving a crack, he's a very fit 40 something year old who doesn't smoke. He did however suffer a spontaneous pneumothorax over 30 years ago, and has been advised by his GP not to dive although that same GP did suggest seeing another physician and not declaring the pre-existing medical condition in order to obtain a dive medical.

    Nobody should put their lives at risk by not declaring a medical incident, but I wanted to know after 30 incident free years - if for all intents and purposes his odds of a recurring pneumothorax have reduced sufficiently to pass a medical?

    Thoughts and feedback would be much appreciated!

    JS

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    Re: Diving after Pneumothorax

    Quote Originally Posted by jared.simcox  View Original Post
    Hi Members, non CCR specific medical question here.

    I have a friend who would love to give diving a crack, he's a very fit 40 something year old who doesn't smoke. He did however suffer a spontaneous pneumothorax over 30 years ago, and has been advised by his GP not to dive although that same GP did suggest seeing another physician and not declaring the pre-existing medical condition in order to obtain a dive medical.

    Nobody should put their lives at risk by not declaring a medical incident, but I wanted to know after 30 incident free years - if for all intents and purposes his odds of a recurring pneumothorax have reduced sufficiently to pass a medical?

    Thoughts and feedback would be much appreciated!

    JS
    I's suggest contacting DAN as well as seeking a professional eval from a physician specializing in diving or hyperbaric medicine. Chest xray and ultrasound will probably be ordered to clear any suspicion of lingering damage.

    Better to be safe.

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    Re: Diving after Pneumothorax

    I have a show agree with Whynot, get him to see a diving specialist and possibly they will suggest an xray as the damaged area may show areas in the lung that could lead to further damage.

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    Re: Diving after Pneumothorax

    The usual recommendation is that people with spontaneous pneumothorax should not scuba dive. However, he should see a hyperbaric physician to review his particular case to see if it would be advisable to dive. Usually, he will need a chest x-ray as an initial screen and then most likely a high resolution CT scan of the chest to look for evidence of bleb disease.


    Just my 2 cents as a DAN cardiology, not pulmonary, consultant. :)


    Douglas Ebersole, MD

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    Re: Diving after Pneumothorax

    Thanks everyone for the guidance. Advice was ultimately not to dive, glad we checked.

    Have a great weekend all and safe diving!

    JS

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