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Response to: Phillips M. et al. “Safety of commercial airflight in patients with brain tumors: a case series”. Journal of Neuro-Oncology (2018) 139:617–623

  • Florian RoserEmail author
  • Artemisia Dimostheni
  • Mohamed Samy Elhammady
  • Pablo Recinos
  • Luigi Rigante
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

We read with great interest the article by Phillips et al. [1] outlining the overall safety of flying in a population of 41 patients presenting intracranial lesions. The majority of the patients analyzed harbored pituitary tumors or parasellar lesions including skull base meningiomas (80%). The average tumor size was 11.4 cc with maximum dimension of 2.7 cm. A quarter of the evaluated patients (27%) experienced worsening of pre-existing symptoms during flight. Only one patient sustained a grandmal seizure. The authors conclude that patients with intracranial tumors can safely travel via commercial airlines with acceptable risks.

We congratulate the authors’ on a well-written article discussing this important and currently relevant topic. Medical tourism is on the rise and patients are increasingly seeking healthcare away from their home country [2]. Several large healthcare institutions in the US and Europe expand their network globally to export and transfer their work...

References

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    Chandra A, Conry S (2013) In-flight medical emergencies. West J Emerg Med 14(5):499–504CrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
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    Newmann DG (2006) An analysis of in-flight passenger injuries and medical conditions. Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Canberra City, ISBN: 1 921092 84 XGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryCleveland Clinic Abu DhabiAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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