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12 Mar 2007

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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01 Jan 0001

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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