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Posted : January 18, 2010
what are the dangers of diving with a perforated lung? what symptoms will be apparent if it is attempted? what are restrictions/limitations? what could it leade to?

Thank you very much


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Posted : January 18, 2010
Thanks for the question.

A punctured lung will often collapse and cause considerable chest pain and difficulty breathing underwater. If air then escapes into the bloodstream, this can lead to a stroke as the air bubbles lodge in the blood vessels of the brain. Most cases of this occur underwater and they are therefore often fatal.

The restrictions on diving are therefore simple - don't. In some cases it is possible to dive after a lung perforation, ie. once it has healed, and testing has shown that the lung is reinflated and functionally normal. This requires a medical from a doctor with diving medicine experience.

Hope that helps

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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