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Posted : July 13, 2007
Hi Doc
As a beginner about to take the plunge, I had an RTA about 20 yrs ago and suffered a partially collapsed lung (neuma thorax??) and was not able to be signed off to dive about 2 years later. Would this still be a problem now? I also take levothyroxine and loratadine daily, would this pose problems?

Many thanks

Posted : July 13, 2007
Hello Barbara. Pneumothorax (or collapsed lung) can be spontaneous or traumatic and the rules are quite different between these two. Basically if your lung collapse was due to the RTA then after 20 years it is likely to have fully recovered. Ideally you would like a CT scan of the chest and lung function tests to confirm this. As far as the thyroid goes, as long as your thyroid function tests are normal and you have no symptoms then you should be fine. Loratadine is a non-sedating antihistamine so is compatible with diving, but if you take this for sinus problems or hay fever there could be an issue there. You will need a medical to assess all these problems with your local dive doc before you venture in.

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