A review of asthma and scuba diving

J Asthma. 2002 Oct;39(7):557-66. doi: 10.1081/jas-120014920.


An increasing number of asthmatics participate in recreational scuba diving. This activity presents unique physical and physiological challenges to the respiratory system. This review addresses the susceptibility of divers with asthma to diving accidents, acute asthmatic attacks, and long-term exacerbation of their disease. Recommendations on fitness to dive with asthma and airway hyperresponsiveness are provided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma*
  • Barotrauma*
  • Bronchial Hyperreactivity
  • Diving* / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Lung Injury*
  • Risk