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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. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Large Spleen (Definition)

Splenomegaly is an enlargement of the spleen, which usually occurs when the spleen becomes filled with red blood cells. This can happen in liver disease, where blood backs up into the spleen, or it can occur in conditions where defects in blood cells cause them to become trapped in the spleen. Infectious mononucleosis and other viral infections can cause ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is tropical splenomegaly syndrome different from mono?

Is tropical splenomegaly syndrome different from mono?

No: Spleen still gets large in both. I avoid tropics, too many bad things there- best to stay in the arctic and deal with polar bears. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Enlarged Spleen (Definition)

An enlarged spleen is a clinical finding in which the spleen is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can occur with infections, diseases of ...Read more