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Vol 87, No 6 (2019)
LETTERS
Published online: 2020-01-14
Submitted: 2019-12-05
Accepted: 2019-12-08
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Should I stay or should I go? Pulmonary embolism and air travel

Ioannis Pantazopoulos, Konstantinos Gourgoulianis
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.2019.0070
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Pubmed: 31970734
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Adv Respir Med 2019;87(6):277.

open access

Vol 87, No 6 (2019)
LETTERS
Published online: 2020-01-14
Submitted: 2019-12-05
Accepted: 2019-12-08

Abstract

Many respiratory conditions can affect a passenger’s fitness to fly with pulmonary embolism being the most debatable. A major question that respiratory physicians frequently have to answer, mostly with visitors from overseas who need to be repatriated following diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, is about the right time to “fly with a clot”. Risk of flying after being diagnosed with pulmonary embolism is not the same for all patients and in every case we should take into consideration the risk stratification on presentation and the PaO2 level.

Abstract

Many respiratory conditions can affect a passenger’s fitness to fly with pulmonary embolism being the most debatable. A major question that respiratory physicians frequently have to answer, mostly with visitors from overseas who need to be repatriated following diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, is about the right time to “fly with a clot”. Risk of flying after being diagnosed with pulmonary embolism is not the same for all patients and in every case we should take into consideration the risk stratification on presentation and the PaO2 level.

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Keywords

pulmonary embolism, air travel

About this article
Title

Should I stay or should I go? Pulmonary embolism and air travel

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 87, No 6 (2019)

Pages

277

Published online

2020-01-14

DOI

10.5603/ARM.2019.0070

Pubmed

31970734

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2019;87(6):277.

Keywords

pulmonary embolism
air travel

Authors

Ioannis Pantazopoulos
Konstantinos Gourgoulianis

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