Recreational diving activity: are there any side effects?

Dear Dr. Longobardi,

I write you to know your opinion about possible side effects on recreational diving activity with ARA.

After a sport medicine visit, I am attending a 1st level ARA course.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with Mondor disease, with a subcutaneous-cordon in the left hemithorax with no pressure pain and without redness. The exams recommended by the angiologist (D-dimer, Protein S, fibrinogen, CAT scan with contrast medium) were negative. Today the not painful subcutaneous-cordon is still there.

I wonder if this previous history of thrombophlebitis might be a contraindication to recreational diving activity.

Thank you.

One comment on “Recreational diving activity: are there any side effects?

  1. Pasquale Longobardi on

    First of all, thank you for your attention and esteem.
    On the basis of the information provided, Mondor disease (thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins of the breast and anterior chest wall), doesn’t show any side effects to diving activity by itself and in absence of symptoms.
    A six-month interval is recommended between the acute event and the return to diving activity.

    Best regards,
    Dr. Longobardi
    Medical Director of the Ravenna Hyperbaric Centre


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