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Can airline pilots fly planes if they have splenomegaly?

Can airline pilots fly planes if they have splenomegaly?

No: No, splenomegaly by itself does not disqualify an individual but the cause of splenomegaly must be identified. For a list of medical conditions that prevent a person from flying, look at the faa website.

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Why do airline pilots get melanoma more frequently than the general public. I have a hard time believing it is because they fly to sunny places & tan?

Why do airline pilots get melanoma more frequently than the general public. I have a hard time believing it is because they fly to sunny places & tan?

Radiation: The levels of cosmic radiation increase with altitude. The theory is that since they are at an increased altitude more often, they are exposed to an increased level of cosmic radiation which in turn increases their risk of melanoma.

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If ur asthma can u be a airline pilot?

If ur asthma can u be a airline pilot?

Yes: If you are asthmatic, you should be able to do almost any profession, however it is important to keep your asthma well controlled and visit your physician frequently.

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Are you allowed to be an airline pilot if you're an alcoholic?

Are you allowed to be an airline pilot if you're an alcoholic?

No: Alcoholism is substance dependence and substance abuse. Both disqualify a person for a pilot's license. Special certification may be given in the case of a reformed alcoholic but I am not certain. Note: no alcohol may be consumed within 8 hours of flying, "bottle to throttle.".

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Are pterygia common among airline pilots and people living in tropical countries?

Are pterygia common among airline pilots and people living in tropical countries?

No and yes: I know of no study showing airline pilots having an increased incidence of pterygia. They are more common in people from equatorial countries as well as those living in desert and harsh climates.

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Please, can any one tell me how you examination for splenomegaly in huge ascites?

Please, can any one tell me how you examination for splenomegaly in huge ascites?

Ultrasound: It can be difficult to examine on a physical. There are some techniques such as ballotment where you try to bounce your hand through the fluid. Ultrasound or ct scan are much more accurate for evaluation of the spleen if there is ascites.

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In adult male with chronic elevation in antiphosphlipid antibodies but no clotting event, is splenomegaly & fluctuating thromocytopenia common?

In adult male with chronic elevation in antiphosphlipid antibodies but no clotting event, is splenomegaly & fluctuating thromocytopenia common?

Thrombocytopenia yes: Thrombocytopenia is not uncommon and this can be improved by aspirin. The spleen may suggest somthing else and I would recommend an evalution on this to becertain. Your physician can better put this into perspective

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Can Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma ever present with recurrent, interrmitent splenomegaly, where spleen is large may times, and other times normal?

Can Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma ever present with recurrent, interrmitent splenomegaly, where spleen is large may times, and other times normal?

No.: The spleen doesn't fluctuate in size like that, but I have seen the skill of various physicians differ significantly, so that an hour after a colleague feels no splenomegaly, I feel significant splenomegaly.

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Is tropical splenomegaly syndrome different from mono?

Splenomegaly: It does not matter regarding the cause of the splenomegaly, the result is the same. An enlarged spleen has a higher chance of rupture during trauma.

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I had US done. Impression was borderline splenomegaly (304cc). The report also stated a prominent column of Bertin. Causes? Should I be concerned?

YouCanPassOnThisMass: Quote:"A column of Bertin is the extension of renal cortical tissue which separates the pyramids, & as such are normal structures."So the answer is No. Columns of Bertin are present in approximately 50% of the healthy population. Named after Exupere Joseph Bertin, French anatomist who initially described them in 1744. Some call it a Pseudotumor"because it can be mistaken for a kidney mass, or tumor.

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Us normal except-"mild heterogeneity to the spleen with borderline splenomegaly. Cannot rule out lymphomatous involvement." what does this indicate?

Us normal except-"mild heterogeneity to the spleen with borderline splenomegaly. Cannot rule out lymphomatous involvement." what does this indicate?

Funky spleen: Means that the spleen is slightly enlarged and not uniform-looking but the radiologist cannot say anything else based on that test. Could be many things including (but not exclusively) a lymphoma. Your doctor may need to do additional tests depending on the clinical picture and the reason for which he/she ordered the us to begin with. Talk to him/her about its implications. Best to you.

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I have early fibrosis and lifelong HCV. Can recurring, intermittent splenomegaly be caused by HCV alone? Or does it need evaluation? No other symptoms

Splenomegaly: Possibly portal hypertension which is a result of fibrosis/cirrhosis. Can also be mono or HIV, rare parasitic/fungal/ bacterial infections, abnormal hemoglobin or metabolic/autoimmune diseases (but then it is constantly enlarged) and rarely tumors like lymphoma again that would be constant. Duplex ultrasound/ spectral color/ power doppler can image. Discuss with MD? GI

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How to cure splenomegaly?

How to cure splenomegaly?

Find the cause: Splenomegaly in and by itself is almost always due to a disease process or condition involving another body part or organ. Finding and treating the cause should treat it. Usually due to liver disease, certain infections, various red blood cell disorders and many forms of cancer, including cancer of the slpeen.

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Why does splenomegaly occur?

Splenomegaly: Enlargement of the spleen mainly occurs due to two reasons: either due back pressure from blocked or narrowed venous drainage, or hypertrophied (enlarged) tissues of the spleen itself in different disorders called myeloproliferative diseases

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Can you tell me how haemolytic anaemias lead to hepatomegaly and splenomegaly?

Can you tell me how haemolytic anaemias lead to hepatomegaly and splenomegaly?

Good article: Http://www. Healthline. Com/health/hemolytic-anemia#Diagnosis4 Liver disease can be the etiology of hemolytic anemia and the spleen enlarges to clear the blood stream of the defective RBC's

Dr. Corey Clay
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