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Dr. Doug Ebersole
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Dr. Doug Ebersole

Instructor, Scuba, from Lakeland, Florida

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Dr. Doug Ebersole was last seen:
Mar 12, 2019
    1. carlameeske
      carlameeske
      Hi Dr. Debersol - I have a question if you may. I thank you kindly in advance. Bottom line question is - is it possible that a TEE would NOT find a small PFO? Is it possible that a small PFO would open under a full breath at 20 feet, and that this pressure situation is not easily mimicked while a person is getting a TEE and could have been missed? And if so what arer the best next steps for testing or evaluation? Do you have a trusted colleague in Phoenix?

      Now the background. I had DCS in February that required two trips to the chamber. My dive profile was 2 dives a day, 7 days in a row, max depth 45ft, average 25-30 feet. I was taking 40-90 minute surface intervals, and I was ascending very slowly with a lot of time (10-20 minutes) at 20-15 feet before surfacing. On the last dive I felt a sharp painful tweek in my chest in the heart area. I have felt this many times when taking a full breath at depths of 20 feet or more. I thought it it was my fascia stretching from the stretching posture of diving. My DCS involved my brain and I ended up with mild brain trauma like a head injury person. (All healed now!) My cardiologist heard the symptoms and believed it was a air embolism from a PFO causing a stroke and heart attack. He did the TEE and couldn't see a hole. At the end of the procedure he said that the next step was to send me in for a scope, but 2 weeks later he reevaluated and decided that it was a simple DCS. I am not sure. After 3 months I dove again, and at 15 feet on the safety stop I took a full breath (not huge, just the slow deep breath I was trained to take), and twange, the pain again. I can't create this pain on land or in the pool. I have often gotten mild DCS symptoms in the left shoulder area after diving, and didn't realize it until this big hit where I got to experience the pain full bore. So I am ultra suspicious, but not sure where to go next for further evaluation.
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    Home Page:
    http://www.debersole.com
    Location:
    Lakeland, Florida
    Occupation:
    cardiologist
    Gender:
    Male
    Certification Agencies:
    NASDS, SSI, IANTD, TDI, NAUI
    Certification History:
    SSI Advanced Open Water instructor, IANTD Trimix instructor and IANTD & TDI Kiss CCR trimix instructor
    Certification Level:
    CCR Trimix Instructor
    Dive Classification:
    Instructor / Assistant Instructor / Dive Master / Dive Con
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Rebreather Type:
    KISS
    Rebreather Experience:
    • Dräger Dolphin
    • Kiss
    Diving Rebreathers Since:
    2002

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    IANTD and TDI CCR Trimix Instructor
    Florida Sales Agent, Kiss Rebreathers

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