Salt water aspiration syndrome
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Salt water aspiration syndrome is a rare diving disorder suffered by scuba divers who inhale a mist of seawater from a faulty demand valve causing irritation of the lungs. It is not the same thing as aspiration of salt water as a bulk liquid, i.e. drowning. It can be treated by rest for several hours. If severe, medical assessment is required.
Symptoms of salt water aspiration syndrome include:
- Post-dive cough, with or without sputum, usually suppressed during the dive.
- In serious cases the sputum may be bloodstained, frothy and copious.
- Over time further symptoms may develop, including:
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