Journal article

Airplane stroke syndrome

Hani Humaidan, Nawaf Yassi, Louise Weir, Stephen M Davis, Atte Meretoja

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Only 37 cases of stroke during or soon after long-haul flights have been published to our knowledge. In this retrospective observational study, we searched the Royal Melbourne Hospital prospective stroke database and all discharge summaries from 1 September 2003 to 30 September 2014 for flight-related strokes, defined as patients presenting with stroke within 14days of air travel. We hypothesised that a patent foramen ovale (PFO) is an important, but not the only mechanism, of flight-related stroke. We describe the patient, stroke, and flight characteristics. Over the study period, 131 million passengers arrived at Melbourne airport. Our centre admitted 5727 stroke patients, of whom 42 (0.73..

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