Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Decompression illness presenting as breast pain.

There is an interesting article in the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Journal relating two reports of decompression illness presenting as painful breasts. This is in Volume 33, #2 by A.J. Trevett, C. Sheehan, Y. Forbes.

They present two cases of decompression illness in women in whom the initial symptom causing distress after completion of the dives was breast pain. Both women were also subsequently found to have a patent foramen ovale. They postulate that breast pain may be an unusual under-recognized manifestation of decompression illness.

This is more interesting because of a discussion that took place on our Scuba Clinic Forum back last year concerning several women divers with similar complaints and responses provided by consultants and other divers. Two of these divers anecdotally had PFOs. This thread can be seen on our forum at this location:

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