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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2019, Vol. 46 Issue (6): 862-866    DOI: 10.12891/ceog4885.2019
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Air travel during pregnancy: an update review and practical recommendation
R. Csorba1, P. Tsikouras3, *(), A. Bothou4, S. Zervoudis4, G. Iatrakis5, X. Anthoulaki3, D. Deuteraiou3, A. Chalkidou3, G. F. von Tempelhoff2
1City Hospital of Aschaffenburg, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St. Vinzenz Teaching Hospital Hospital, Hanau, Germany
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis
4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rea Hospital, Athens, Greece
5TEI Technological Educational Institute of Athens, University of Athens, Greece
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Abstract  

Objective: Nowadays it is easier for pregnant women to travel abroad. The purpose of this review is to insure that healthcare providers advise pregnant women of the risks to travel by airplane. Materials and Methods: The authors provide an overview of the risks of thrombosis in pregnancy to travel by airplane and the risks of miscarriage and preterm labor. This study is based on electronic literature using the best available evidence from PubMed, Medline, Google Scholar, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), and the British Thoracic Society (BTS). Results: In the lack of evidence-based information, physicians and pregnant women should only rely on guidelines and experts’ opinions. Conclusions: In the absence of a reasonable expectation for obstetric or medical complications, occasional air travel is safe in pregnancy. The specific airline recommendations should be always kept in mind.

Key words:  Air travel      Pregnancy      Miscarriage      Preterm delivery      Venous thrombo-embolism      Aspirin      Low molecular weight heparine      Progesterone      Magnesium      Ritodrine     
Published:  10 December 2019     
*Corresponding Author(s):  P. TSIKOURAS     E-mail:  ptsikour@med.duth.gr

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R. Csorba, P. Tsikouras, A. Bothou, S. Zervoudis, G. Iatrakis, X. Anthoulaki, D. Deuteraiou, A. Chalkidou, G. F. von Tempelhoff. Air travel during pregnancy: an update review and practical recommendation. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2019, 46(6): 862-866.

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https://ceog.imrpress.com/EN/10.12891/ceog4885.2019     OR     https://ceog.imrpress.com/EN/Y2019/V46/I6/862

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