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Posted : September 27, 2006
Have recently had a thyroidectomy & am now permanently on thyroxin. Will this have any affect on my ability to continue with my regular dive holidays? Hoping to return to the Red Sea at the end of October.

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Posted : September 28, 2006
The thyroid can be a problem gland but if you've had it removed then the question boils down to whether your thyroxine level is normal. If it's too high the heart has to do increased work and may be prone to going into abnormal rhythms (not a good thing underwater!) Once you're stabilised on thyroxine and your thyroid function tests (TFT's) are normal then you should be fine to dive. It can take several months to get the precise dose right so I wouldn't recommend diving until your GP/specialist is happy with the TFT's.
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
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