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IPE and Why Itís Good to Feel the Need to Pee

a cause of fatality that often gets overlooked

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There have been many mysterious diving deaths where the drowned victim still has a tank of air. Investigators usually dismiss these as heart attacks. But these days, immersion pulmonary edema (IPE) is under increased scrutiny as the cause. Dan Orr, a previous CEO of the Divers Alert Network (DAN), says, "It is a very important subject and largely can be misdiagnosed by medical examiners who, in many cases, work under the philosophy, 'if they are wet and dead, they must have drowned,' and look no further into the actual root cause."

For example, last September, there was a sad incident on the Thistlegorm in the Red Sea when an otherwise fit and healthy woman inexplicably drowned. It was ascribed to a heart attack. But maybe it was not....

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