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Is it safe to travel by plane after a recent brain surgery?

By Anonymous March 19, 2015 - 6:24am
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I just had a brain surgery last November 24, 2014 and spent about a week in the hospital. I am well now and went back to work although I still have a little muscle weakness on my knees and a little problem with my right like looking side ways where I can double and slanting. I guess because my tumor which is a meningioma, was in my right behind the optic nerve as my neurosurgeon said.Well. I want to visit my family next year , I hope, so I need to know if it will be safe for me to travel by air to another country.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and I wish you well on your continued recovery.

Before booking a flight, please consult your neurosurgeon.

I am aware of risks associated with air travel in patients who have brain tumors that have not been surgically removed. I did find one research article that reported, "A 49-year-old female with a history of several neurosurgical and otolaryngologic procedures for occipital meningioma and cerebrospinal fluid leaks was diagnosed with pneumocephalus after a one hour flight on a domestic jet airliner. Despite multiple operations, the air appeared to enter the cranium through a weak portion of the skull base due to the low atmospheric pressure in the cabin." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3809443/


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