Accession Number:

ADP011066

Title:

Alternobaric Vertifo: Incidence in Portuguese Air Force Pilots

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

PORTUGESE AIR FORCE AERONAUTICAL MEDICAL CENTRE LISBON (PORTUGAL)

Report Date:

2001-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Alternobaric Vertigo is a sudden and transient vertigo caused by asymmetrical changes in middle ear pressure Lundgren - 1965. These changes are directly related to the daily activity of aircraft pilots and divers. This vertigo strikes often in critical maneuvers attacks or evasions causing sudden disoilentation. We used an anonymous enquiry, multiple-choice type, preceded by a briefing about alternobaric vertigo. We found 29 of the pilots with 1 or more episodes of alternobaric vertigo, all being caused directly by rapid ascents andor brisk Valsalva maneuvers.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE