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September 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 37, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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SIPE - Be Aware of the Symptoms

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Undercurrent has written about the dangerous in-water condition of swimming-induced pulmonary edema (SIPE) or immersion pulmonary edema (IPE). It was first identified in fit young triathletes who suddenly had difficulty breathing in the swimming section of a competition and was wrongly associated with the effects of cold water.

Since then, more and more otherwise mysterious scuba diving deaths, where the drowned diver still had air in his tank, have been attributed to SIPE. And now, SIPE is considered to be the cause of many unexplained snorkeler deaths in Hawaii. Snorkel-related drownings with no signs of distress have often been a mystery, and we may now know why....


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