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Posted : April 25, 2010
Can a carrier with antitrypsin defeciency dive safle o is the depth restricted?
I have never dived this is for my daughter (12 yrs) who wishes to join diving club at local pool. Many thanks
Posted : April 26, 2010
Thanks for the query.

Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disorder which causes variable degrees of wheeze and shortness of breath in those affected, as well as possible liver problems. A carrier may not have these issues but for diving purposes your daughter would need to be fully checked over and have thorough lung function assessment before getting in the water.

Hope that helps

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