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Commercial air travel after pneumothorax: a review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24001914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Because of the physiological stresses of commercial air travel, the presence of a pneumothorax has long been felt to be an absolute contraindication to flight. Additionally, most medical societies recommend that patients wait at least 2 weeks after radiographic resolution of the pneumothorax before they attempt to travel in a nonurgent fashion via commercial air transport. This review sought to survey the current body of literature on this topic to determine if a medical consensus exists; furthermore, this review considered the scientific support, if any, supporting these recommendations. In this review, we found a paucity of data on the issue and noted only a handful of prospective and retrospective studies; thus, true evidence-based recommendations are difficult to develop at this time. We have made recommendations, when possible, addressing the nonurgent commercial air travel for the patient with a recent pneumothorax. However, more scientific research is necessary in order to reach an evidence-based conclusion on pneumothoraces and flying.
Authors:
Andy Bunch; François-Xavier Duchateau; Laurent Verner; Jonathon Truwit; Robert O'Connor; William Brady
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Air medical journal     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1532-6497     ISO Abbreviation:  Air Med. J.     Publication Date:    2013 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9312325     Medline TA:  Air Med J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-74     Citation Subset:  H    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013 Air Medical Journal Associates. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA.
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