[abstract] OBSERVATIONS ON ASTHMA IN THE RECREATIONAL DIVING POPULATION

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[abstract] OBSERVATIONS ON ASTHMA IN THE RECREATIONAL DIVING POPULATION

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Title: [abstract] OBSERVATIONS ON ASTHMA IN THE RECREATIONAL DIVING POPULATION
Author: Bove, AA; Neuman, TS; Kelsen, S; Gleason, W
Abstract: Asthma is considered a contraindication to diving because of concern for pulmonary barotrauma due to lung overinflation during ascent from diving. However, asthma is extremely prevalent in the US (estimated to be 5-8% of the population). It seems likely therefore that a subpopulation of sport divers may have asthma, and clinical experience indicates that some asthmatics are participating in sport diving. Evaluation of the rationale for considering asthma as a contraindication to diving requires data on the role of asthma in diving-related illness to determine if asthmatic divers are at increased risk for diving accidents. Through a screening study in the consumer publication SKIN DIVER Magazine (Petersen Publishing Co, Los Angeles, paid circulation 21 1,041), 10,422 responses to the question "have you ever had asthma" were returned from readers of the magazine. 870 (8.3%) answered yes, 343 (3.3%) indicated that they currently have asthma, and 276 (2.6%) stated that they dive with asthma. This screening study confirms field observations of asthmatics participating in diving. While this initial study does not support an exact projection of the number of asthmatic divers, it has isolated a group of asthmatic divers for further study.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held June 23-27, 1992. Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5751
Date: 1992

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