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Acquired left bundle branch block in an asymptomatic fighter pilot: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10596779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This report describes a case of acquired left bundle branch block (LBBB) in an asymptomatic F/A-18 fighter pilot of the Royal Australian Air Force. The previously fit and healthy pilot was found to have LBBB on routine electrocardiographic screening prior to his annual aircrew medical. He was completely asymptomatic, and the only potential etiological factor was a short-lived acute gastrointestinal infectious illness some 4 mo previously. The pilot was extensively investigated with the full range of available diagnostic procedures, including coronary angiography and cardiac biopsy. No cause was determined for his LBBB pattern, and he was assessed as having normal cardiovascular function. The aeromedical disposition of this aviator and the issues involved in determining fitness to fly in such a case are discussed. The importance of thorough clinical investigation and appropriate follow-up are highlighted.
D G Newman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aviation, space, and environmental medicine     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0095-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-23     Completed Date:  1999-12-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501714     Medline TA:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1219-22     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Royal Australian Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine, RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aerospace Medicine*
Bundle-Branch Block / diagnosis*,  etiology*
Coronary Angiography
Disability Evaluation
Gated Blood-Pool Imaging
Mass Screening
Military Personnel*
Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*,  etiology*
Physical Fitness

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