Barometric changes in patients with intracranial lesions: can they dive and fly?

Alessandro Perin, Francesco Larosa, Pierluigi Longatti

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Abstract

Background: People who harbor a neurosurgical lesion or who have just been operated on raise doubts to their physician about the possible risks related to transcontinental flights or practicing some sports (eg, diving, climbing) characterized by sudden barometric changes. Case Description: A young male patient harboring a high-grade cerebral glioma presented the first symptoms after a diving expedition and subsequent transatlantic flight. Conclusions: This case hinted the authors to review the literature on this controversial topic where there is lack of scientific evidence, trying to define the possible risks and making a general recommendation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-371
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical Neurology
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Air travel
  • Barometric
  • Brain tumor
  • Colloid cyst
  • Diving
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Unruptured aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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