The Medical Problems of Underwater Diving

Lawrence Martin, Thomas F. Smith, John R. Mcdonough, John Barutt, Joanne C. Saffron, Barron H. Lerner, Yehuda Melamed, Avi Shupak, Haim Bitterman, Daniel Weiler-Ravell

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To the Editor: In their article on medical problems associated with underwater diving (Jan. 2 issue),1 Melamed et al. state, “In principle, diving is absolutely contraindicated in persons subject to spontaneous pneumothorax, as well as in those with air-trapping pulmonary lesions or bronchial asthma.” The first two terms describe specific pathologic conditions for which the absolute contraindication is appropriate. However, “bronchial asthma” is a diagnosis applied to a broad range of people, many of whom are in fact active divers. It is universally agreed that symptomatic asthma is a contraindication to diving because of limitation in the exercise response…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1497-1499
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number22
StatePublished - 28 May 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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