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March 3, 1945


Author Affiliations

U.S.N.R.; U.S.N.R.

JAMA. 1945;127(9):519-520. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.92860090002007a

It is probable that air travel will become more prevalent after the war for persons of all ages and that such persons who may have suffered recent illness are likely to consult their physician before undertaking air travel. We believe that this report of a case of spontaneous pneumothorax in which the precipitating factor was the change of atmospheric pressure produced by ascent to 8,000 feet in an airplane, may influence the advice given to patients in this respect.

REPORT OF CASE  Pfc. E. A., aged 21, walked into sick bay on Sept. 13, 1944 complaining of pain in the upper right thorax, which had suddenly developed six days previously, while he was flying for the first time in an airplane.. (The plane was a Marine "Commando" R5C, which had taken off less than an hour previously, and the altitude of flight was approximately 8,000 feet