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The Hypoxia Altitude Simulation Test : An Increasingly Performed Test for the Evaluation of Patients Prior to Air Travel

Lawrence C. Mohr, MD, FCCP
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Charleston, SC

Correspondence to: Lawrence C. Mohr, MD, FCCP, Professor of Medicine and Director, Environmental Biosciences Program, Medical University of South Carolina, 135 Cannon St, Suite 405, PO Box 250838, Charleston, SC 29425; e-mail: mohrlc@musc.edu



Chest. 2008;133(4):839-842. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0335
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More than one billion people throughout the world travel on commercial aircraft each year.14 The number of airline passengers has been increasing in recent years and include individuals of all ages, from infants to elderly individuals with chronic medical disorders.56 For most passengers, commercial air travel causes no significant health risk.13,5,79 However, some passengers with cardiopulmonary disease may have significant hypoxemia during flight.1020

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