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I had Spontaneous Pneumothorax left and right lungs 15 years ago, can i scuba dive like 15 feet?

Discussion in 'Marine Science and Physiology' started by marvinsss2005, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. marvinsss2005

    marvinsss2005 Angel Fish

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    I had Spontaneous Pneumothorax left and right lungs 15 years ago, can i do scuba dive like 15 feet?

    Is it safe for me to scuba dive like only 15 feet? Please advice, thanks...
     
  2. mdax

    mdax Solo Diver

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    Since you are asking randoms over the net instead of a medical doctor who is familiar with you, your past medical history and current medications and state.

    My opinion is no, but that snorkeling on the surface is fine and honestly you can see almost as much from there at many sites.
     
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  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Check with DAN and a physician trained and knowledgeable in diving medicine.
     
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  4. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    Marvin,

    The latest discussion in the literature is linked below. It's just an abstract but briefly, the authors recommend not diving. There are some exceptions, including a distant history with no radiologic evidence of lung pathology.

    Can my patient dive after a first episode of primary spontaneous pneumothorax? A systematic review of the literature. - PubMed - NCBI

    Best regards,
    DDM
     
  5. CamC

    CamC Barracuda

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    Without specific and expert medical advice to the contrary (or even with such advice) a twin pneumothorax occurring "only" 15 years ago is a massive contraindication. It's easy to say "like only 15 feet", but not so easy to stick to that religiously, unless that's the absolute maximum depth of any site you dived. It doesn't take that much expansion of even a small volume of air in a chest cavity that's not supposed to have any air in it to do significant damage.

    Out of interest, were the left and right events actually simultaneous; and if so, was any cause established?
     
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  6. conundrum

    conundrum NAUI Instructor

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    Spontaneous Pneumothorax is an absolute contraindication for SCUBA diving.
     
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  7. CamC

    CamC Barracuda

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    Indeed. I had a left-side SP 40 years ago, but was medically cleared more than 30 years later after a barrage of tests. (Admittedly, it helps knowing a doctor who dives, and is familiar with BSAC guidance on the subject.)
    See above. After 40 years and various x-rays, scans and a spiral CT I'm probably at less risk of a future event than you are; although we all know what they say about lies and statistics ;-)
     
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  8. marvinsss2005

    marvinsss2005 Angel Fish

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    Yes, it's absolute 15 feet but i don't have plans to go that deep.

    First was my left lung was diagnosed and then after two weeks staying in the hospital my right lung collapse.

    The cause is unknown but my surgeon told me it's because i'm skinny.
     
  9. marvinsss2005

    marvinsss2005 Angel Fish

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    I visited my Internal Medicine Pulmonologist doctor and told me i should be fine but i'm still scared and want to dive.
     
  10. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    Marvin, I'd recommend that you see a physician who specializes in diving medicine. Where are you located?

    Best regards,
    DDM
     

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