Published in Blood Weekly, November 23rd, 2000
Now, in the November 11, 2000, issue of the journal suggests there actually is a higher risk, based on simulation of aircraft conditions.
The first report was a study by R.A. Kraaijenhagen and D. Haverkamp ("Travel and risk of venous thrombosis," Lancet, 2000;356:1492-93).
Airplane flights are thought to increase the risk of venous thrombosis, but the mechanism behind this effect is unknown. Suggested risk factors are a hypobaric (low pressure) and hypoxic (low oxygen)...
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