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April 5, 1985

Epileptics and Scuba Diving

Author Affiliations

University of Virginia Charlottesville

JAMA. 1985;253(13):1877-1878. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350370057014

To the Editor.—  The Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America is concerned about the response to a letter1 inquiring about scuba diving and an individual with epilepsy who has been seizure-free for six years while receiving medication.We strongly believe that persons with epilepsy whose seizures are controlled can and should lead full lives without any personal restrictions. Any of life's activities carry certain inherent risks, including scuba diving. Whether to dive and take these risks is a personal choice. The risks for a person who has had epilepsy that is now controlled whether receiving medication or not are somewhat greater than for a person without a history of seizures. The magnitude of these risks is small, but also related to the type of seizure, the duration of control, and, perhaps, the type of activity. The Epilepsy Foundation believes it is also the right of the individual