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Scuba diving, swimming and pulmonary oedema


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Dwyer, N and Smart, D and Reid, DW (2007) Scuba diving, swimming and pulmonary oedema. Internal Medicine Journal, 37 (5). pp. 345-347. ISSN 1444-0903

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Diving-related ‘immersion’ pulmonary oedema is very
uncommon and probably underreported.1,2 Immersion
in thermoneutral water augments cardiac preload and
increases pulmonary arterial pressure as blood is redistributed
from the periphery to the thoracic cavity. Intrathoracic
blood volume may increase by half a litre,
resulting in a 30% rise in cardiac output and increases
in right atrial pressures of up to 16 mmHg.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Internal Medicine Journal
Page Range: pp. 345-347
ISSN: 1444-0903
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01347.x
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2008 01:35
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:44
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