Which medical conditions are risks for drowning?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Underlying medical conditions that are particularly more likely to lead to drowning include the following:

  • Seizure disorder

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Psychiatric illness

  • Severe arthritis

  • Cardiac disease

  • Neuromuscular disorder

A United Kingdom study found a 15- to 19-fold increase in the risk of drowning in individuals with epilepsy. [76]

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