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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2005 June;164(3):239-41

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Deep vein thrombosis complicated by bilateral thromboembolism after a trip by plane. A case report

Aluigi L. 1, Astorino G. 2, Natali R. 2

1 Medicina Interna, Ospedale Maggiore Bologna, Bologna; 2 Pronto Soccorso, Medicina d’Urgenza, Ospedale Maggiore Bologna, Bologna


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The “economy class syndrome” occurs frequently in travellers during long trips, mostly by plane and is characterized by Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and/or Pulmonary Embo-lism (PE). More than 2 hundred cases have been reported in the last ten years and the risk results rising with the length of the trip. The mechanisms that cause thrombosis are unknown, but may be related to stasis of the lower limbs, to hypobaric hypoxia and reduced air pressure inside the aeroplane. Here is a case report of venous thromboembolism occurred in a young man after a long flown.

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