Patients with Hemoglobinopathies Require Continuous Flow Supplemental Oxygen During Commercial Airline Flights


Patients with hemoglobinopathies are known to experience complications e.g. bone pain [1], splenic infarction [2] and osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis) of the hip (anecdotal report) subsequent to commercial airline flights. These complications are due to prolonged decrease in oxygen delivery at high altitudes.

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