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Sudden death on an aeroplane

M Tiemensma, Philip Buys, S A Wadee

Abstract


Air travel by adults with pulmonary disease requires pre-flight medical evaluation and baseline medical examinations to ensure safe travel. We present a case of sudden death on an aeroplane caused by tension pneumothorax, in a patient with known pulmonary disease.

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M Tiemensma, Division of Forensic Medicine, Department of Pathology, University of Stellenbosch

Philip Buys, South African Society of Aerospace and Environmental Medicine

S A Wadee, Division of Forensic Medicine, Department of Pathology, University of Stellenbosch

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Keywords

Pneumothorax; Air travel

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2010;100(3):148-149.

Article History

Date submitted: 2009-11-09
Date published: 2010-02-03

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