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Pulmonary thromboembolism after air travel: Two case reports, the review of literature and forensic implications.
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PMID:  22704553     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Air travel as a risk factor for pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is rarely described in forensic literature. Two cases of PTE after air travel are presented in this report. Each flight was intercontinental and lasted for more than 10h, resulting in typical "traveler's thrombosis" within 2weeks. In both cases, the risk factors were age, duration of flight and also peripheral circulation problems caused by heart (hypertension, arrhythmia), and varicose veins failures. Possible pathophysiological mechanisms of thrombus formation in these cases were blood flow stasis from prolonged recumbence, reduced function of the lower leg muscle pump, dehydration, and hypobaric hypoxia. Legal aspects of death due to PTE after air travel and possible responsibility of air companies are discussed.
Authors:
Zoran Mihailovic; Bojana Radnic; Tatjana Atanasijevic; Vesna Popovic
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Institute of Forensic Medicine "Milovan Milovanovic", School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Deligradska 31a, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia.
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