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Arch Bronconeumol. 2006 Jul;42(7):373-5.

[Economy-class syndrome or Immobile Traveler's syndrome?].

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  • 1Servicio de Neumología. Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron. Barcelona. España.


Economy class syndrome describes the situation of patients who suffer pulmonary embolism following prolonged immobility in a long distance flight. The objective of the present study was to analyze whether there is a risk of pulmonary thromboembolism after a long overland journey. The study consecutively enrolled 100 patients diagnosed with pulmonary thromboembolism. Nine of them had previously undertaken a long journey (>5 h), 6 of which had been over land. Consequently, we think that the preventative measures recommended for airline passengers should be extended to users of other means of transport.

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