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economy class syndrome


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  • noun slang deep vein thrombosis


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From its noted occurrence among airline passengers flying long haul in economy class, where there is less legroom than other classes.


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  • Deep Vein Thrombosis: a blood clot (thrombosis) that forms in the deep vein system of the lower leg--usually between the ankle and the upper calf. The condition is serious, potentially fatal even; if the clot travels through the blood stream it may lodge in the heart or lungs and cause sudden death.

    The mechanism for thrombosis in travellers is probably due to a combination of immobilisation, dehydration and underlying risk factors, such as other diseases which result in a predisposition to thrombosis (thick, ketchupy blood).

    Recent studies indicate that wearing compression stockings (those really sexy-looking ones, available in the "support hose" section of your local Walgreen's) can reduce the risk of symptomless DVT and foot oedema. Recent findings suggest that the poor ventilation on planes may play a greater role than forced immobilization of the legs.

    Former Vice President Dan Quayle is one of the more notable victims of Deep Vein Thrombosis, having suffered an attack while on a 1994 flight--he was fortunate to survive.

    November 20, 2008

  • It's a frightening condition. David Bloom (NBC correspondent) also suffered DVT in 2003 and was not so fortunate.

    However, my mother is doing quite well. :-)

    November 21, 2008

  • Christ, it's scary.

    November 21, 2008