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Cavernous malformation in the CNS due to scuba diving - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have a carniverious malformation (spelling.. sorry), and it bled 14 years ago, since have had no issues. I scuba dive and am wondering if the pressure could cause an issue?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   your age/sex?
User :   male 40
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   u have cavernous mlformation??
User :   yes
User :   i believe that is what it is called, similar to vericose viens in my brain
Doctor :   do u have any symptoms now?
User :   no- not in over 10 years
Doctor :   who diagnosed u as having cavernous malformation?
User :   a nuroligist i saw when it bled in 1999
Doctor :   ohhk
User :   i mispoke in the first line, it was 11 years ago and have had no symptoms since. the first bleed i lost balance and it clotted. no problems after that.
Doctor :   ideally it is advised, that you should not go for scuba diving
User :   for what reason?
User :   i have dove approximatly 30 times since to depths of 60' with no issues. What causes the concern
Doctor :   As scuba diving can also cause head trauma , so this can be very dangerous for patients suffering from cavernous angioma.
Doctor :   Ideally it is not advised ,a s this can be fatal, and in case of head injury, this can cause complications.
User :   is it because of the pressure?
Doctor :   because of chances of head injury
User :   bumping my head?
Doctor :   yes
User :   not a pressure issue
Doctor :   no
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