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Fatal air embolism in an airplane passenger with a giant intrapulmonary bronchogenic cyst.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9603155     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Considering the large number of airplane passengers with a variety of medical conditions, the incidence of in-flight emergencies on commercial airline flights is low. Only few cases of pulmonary barotrauma in airplane passengers with prior lung pathologies have been reported. We present the unusual case of a female airplane passenger with a previously diagnosed asymptomatic giant intrapulmonary bronchogenic cyst who experienced fatal air embolism on a commercial airline flight. We believe that preventive surgical resection is mandatory in asymptomatic patients with large intrapulmonary cysts prior to exposure to even small alterations in ambient pressure as, for instance, prior to airplane flight or use of mountain cable cars. However, screening for pre-existent lung pathologies in the growing mass of commercial airline travelers is not justified.
M Zaugg; V Kaplan; U Widmer; P C Baumann; E W Russi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine     Volume:  157     ISSN:  1073-449X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med.     Publication Date:  1998 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-06-16     Completed Date:  1998-06-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421642     Medline TA:  Am J Respir Crit Care Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1686-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; S    
Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Aerospace Medicine
Barotrauma / complications
Bronchogenic Cyst / complications*,  pathology,  radiography
Embolism, Air / etiology*,  pathology,  radiography
Fatal Outcome

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