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Diving with Platelet disorders?

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by impreza_lisa, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. impreza_lisa

    impreza_lisa Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: ireland
    Apologies if this is in the wrong place, im new here and just looking for some advice.
    Im new to diving and thoroughly enjoying it. Its always been something iv been interested in doing.
    Since i also weld, i was hoping to eventually seek employment as an underwater welder.

    However, i have idiopathic thrombocytopenia since i was 14, im 26 now. This is a platelet or clotting disorder, so when platelet numbers should be about 140 (if i remember rightly?) mine have been stable ish around 70 or 80 since i was a teen. I play rugby and other contact sports and i do bruise a bit more than most, but its never been an issue with bleeding. Iv never needed any treatment, i just have my levels checked every 6 months or so.

    Im wondering if this is going to be a problem with recreational diving? And if underwater welding will even be an option for me?
    I saw a post similar to this on here so if there are any medics who would have some insight into this it would be brilliant!
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  2. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boussens, Canton de Vaud, Suisse

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  3. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    I have von willebrands which is another platelet disorder. No issue for recreational/technical diving and I've been cleared by diving physicians. Not sure about commercial. @Akimbo may know better, but your best bet is to contact @Duke Dive Medicine or DAN
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  4. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    You might find the Commercial Divers forum interesting.

    I concur, this disorder is outside my experience. It should be noted that there may be some variations in medical clearance requirements by jurisdiction. A local commercial diving school might also be able to steer you in the right direction.
  5. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

    PM sent.
  6. kmarks

    kmarks Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    DDM's PM will be more beneficial, I'm sure, but I am in the same boat as you (no pun intended). My numbers are slightly higher, typically in the 110s-120s, but stable, and I don't have any clinical complications. Who knows how long this has been going on - it wasn't identified until I was hit by a car while biking in my 30s, but I've had bad nosebleeds seemingly randomly since I was a child. My doctor has been confident in signing off on my physical every year, he just likes to do a CBC and keep an eye on my platelets.

    You are right, platelet count should be between 140 and 600.

    As far as diving in a professional capacity goes, that's probably up to you, your doctor, and your employer. Anecdotally, I'm a dive master, working towards instructor.
  7. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    Agree with statement that its best to contact DAN.
    I am glad that you are effectively going around enjoying your life without major bleeding issues. Non-traumatic sports like scuba diving is in my opinion not a absolute contraindication to diving with your condition.

    Let us know what DAN tells you so others can benefit.
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