Economy class syndrome

Aviat Space Environ Med. 1994 Oct;65(10 Pt 1):957-60.


A recent case of the "Economy Class Syndrome" is presented, emphasizing the syndrome's aeromedical implications and prevention. The clinical presentation, current modes of prophylaxis and therapy, plus a brief but pertinent historical background, are described. The syndrome is potentially fatal, and the authors stress that the condition needs to be recognized as a preventable hazard of air travel. Adoption of the preventive measures described herein can assist in promoting healthy air travel.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Aircraft*
  • Bandages
  • Heparin / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Syndrome
  • Thrombophlebitis / etiology*
  • Thrombophlebitis / prevention & control
  • Thrombophlebitis / therapy
  • Travel*
  • Warfarin / therapeutic use


  • Warfarin
  • Heparin