Salt water aspiration syndrome

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.[1][2] It can be treated by rest for several hours. If severe, medical assessment is required.


Symptoms of salt water aspiration syndrome include:

See also


  1. Edmonds C (September 1970). "A salt water aspiration syndrome". Mil Med. 135 (9): 779–85. PMID 4991232.
  2. Edmonds C (1998). "Drowning syndromes: the mechanism.". South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society Journal. 28 (1). ISSN 0813-1988. OCLC 16986801. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
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