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Posted by: DANIA | 2007/03/12

EPILESPSY AND DIVING

Hi
my husband had epilepsy that appeared at the age of 18. doctors said that the cause is that when he was born he has a loss of oxygene in a small part of his head because the secret cordial was circeling him. he took medicines for many years and since around 7 years, doctors said he's o.k and he does not need to take any medicines any more and thanks God he did not get any seizure since that time.he's now 39.
he's now diving but i'm anxious, is it o.k? or might pressure under water or something else be dangerous for him? he 's not using oxygene bombs, he is diving using his own breath only. he stays for around 1min and half without breathning under water.
kindly advise me if it's o.k or if he should not do it.
he lives very normally. he swims, and does all other things without any problem.

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Dear Dania
Loss of consciousness or loss of awareness while underwater carries a high risk of drowning or embolism from an uncontrolled ascent. An analysis of motor vehicle operators with epilepsy has shown that a seizure occurring behind the wheel will result in an accident in nearly every instance, but no evidence exists that diving with compressed air scuba to the accepted 130 fsw limit increases the risk of epileptic seizures. One is no more likely to seize while diving than while driving: the risk is the same. There is no useful data to determine the potential for injury in divers with epilepsy.

Current doctrine among diving medicine physicians advises that individuals with epilepsy not dive. Those with childhood epilepsy, who have outgrown the condition and have been off medication for five years, still face a slightly increased risk of a seizure. To make an informed decision about diving, these individuals should discuss this with their personal physicians, families and diving companions.

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Posted by: diverdan | 2007/03/12

so he is freediving not scuba diving. i was on a dive boat in australia and one guy was not allowed to scuba dive because he had epilepsy, even though it was under control with medication. he was however allowed to snorkel which entailed a certain amount of free diving. he should always dive with a buddy who knows of his condition and what to do if a seizure did occur underwater. like scuba diving it should never be done alone

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