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Posted : May 2, 2007
Hi, I have been diving regularly for about 10 years with no health problems until recently.

I am 44 and had the BSAC sport diver medical at my GP's in March which I passed.

Unfortunately at the begining of April I was diagnosed with a WFNS Grade 1 subarachnoid haemorrhage to anterior communicating artery aneurysm. I was admitted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and had a CT scan and a coil embolism procedure was carried out. I am now at home and have been told to rest for 3 or 4 months and not to consider diving for 5 to 6 months. The Neurosurgeon also advised me to approach an experienced doctor with diving experience and qualifications. I would therefore be grateful to receive your advice as to whether, and when, I will be able to return to diving. I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks.
Paul


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Posted : May 2, 2007
Paul
That's very unlucky but I'm glad the neurosurgeons have sorted it out. I would agree that you need at least 6 months off diving, and your recovery should be complete before you get back in the water. There is an increased risk of rupture or haemorrhage of cerebral aneurysms whilst diving so it would be wise to ask the neurosurgeon for assurance that there are no other aneurysmal vessels present.
Good luck and I wish you a speedy recovery
Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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