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Posted : February 10, 2010
I am a 25 year old female, I an PADI AOW qualified and have been diving for over 3 years, I have been diagnosed with a Mature Pulmonary Infarct and was wondering if a, this could have been caused by diving and b, weather it would affect my diving in the future?
Current syptoms are antirior wall chest pain and sharp pain when brathing in, no shortness of breath or heamoptysis, sats 98% pulse 84reg HS normal
Chest xrays were taken a year ago and currently undergoing nore xrays
Curently taking paracetamol for the pain, also on the long term i take 50mg of Sumatriptan for migrane without aura as and when required (avarage twice a month)
Posted : February 10, 2010
Hi. Pulmonary infarction is death of lung tissue due to obstruction of the blood supply. So the question is, why has this happened to you at the age of 25? There are many possible causes and it would be important to work out the exact reason in your case. Diving can cause bleeding of lung blood vessels, but unless you've had a disastrous dive or ballistic rapid ascent it's unlikely to cause embolism or infarction.

With your symptoms as they are, obviously diving is out of the question, but once the underlying diagnosis has been found and treated, then it may be possible to dive again. You'll need to see a diving doc once all this has resolved.


Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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