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Rethinking nephrolithiasis in military aviation.
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PMID:  22462375     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Nephrolithiasis is a common medical condition among aviation personnel that can negatively impact their health and careers. Due to the potentially severe consequences of in-flight renal colic associated with nephrolithiasis, current Navy regulations stipulate extensive evaluation for any aircrew member who has an instance of kidney stones.
CASE REPORT: Two cases of Naval aircrew members with kidney stones are reviewed and current Navy standards regarding nephrolithiasis are discussed.
DISCUSSION: Current Navy standards for granting aeromedical waivers for kidney stones do not differentiate between pilots in actual control of the aircraft and other aircrew members among aircraft personnel. Furthermore, a premium is placed on stone-free status, even for asymptomatic, incidentally found nephroliths. This policy has many similarities, but also significant differences from those of other services and those of civilian aviation authorities. This difference in protocols across aviation communities should be re-examined in order to promote more efficient return to flying duties of operational personnel without compromising safety of flight.
Sunil B Hari; Michael S Morrow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aviation, space, and environmental medicine     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0095-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501714     Medline TA:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  445-8     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
United States Navy, Tinker AFB, OK 73145, USA.
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