Travel Medicine

Oct 01, 2021 Issue
Medical Advice for Commercial Air Travel [Article]

Air travel is generally safe, but the flight environment poses unique physiologic challenges such as relative hypoxia that may trigger adverse myocardial or pulmonary outcomes. To optimize health outcomes, communication must take place between the traveler, family physician, and airline carrier when...

Apr 15, 2020 Issue
Acute Altitude Illness: Updated Prevention and Treatment Guidelines from the Wilderness Medical Society [Practice Guidelines]

Acute altitude illness comprises acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema, and high altitude pulmonary edema. The Wilderness Medical Society has updated prevention and treatment guidelines on acute altitude illness.

Dec 1, 2018 Issue
Practical Considerations of Caring for Patients Abroad During Short-term Medical Trips [Curbside Consultation]

A 65-year-old woman presented on the second day of my week-long volunteer medical brigade to a migrant camp in Mexico. The patient had a blood pressure of 180/110 mm Hg and a heart rate of 78 beats per minute. Her presenting symptoms were itchy eyes and sneezing, which she reported were worse when s...

May 1, 2018 Issue
Single Question Is Useful for Identifying Acute Mountain Sickness in Travelers at High Altitude [POEMs]

Three different diagnostic scoring tools have similar accuracy for identifying adults at risk of AMS. One tool, the clinical functional score, is the simplest to use and consists of asking a single question.

Oct 15, 2016 Issue
The Pretravel Consultation [Article]

The pretravel consultation is beneficial any time before international travel, but ideally occurs at least six weeks before the patient’s trip. Learn about appropriate immunizations, risk reduction, and other topics to discuss with travelers.

Oct 1, 2016 Issue
Emerging Vector-Borne Diseases [Article]

Vector-borne diseases are an emerging concern in North America. West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus are of particular importance because of their potential to become a significant public health threat. Learn the characteristics of vector-borne diseases and treatment options.

May 15, 2012 Issue
Prevention of Malaria in Travelers [Article]

There are approximately 300 million cases of malaria each year, resulting in 1 million deaths worldwide. Family physicians often encounter patients preparing to travel to malaria-endemic regions. Physicians should have basic knowledge of parasite transmission and malaria prevention. The risk of mala...

Oct 15, 2011 Issue
The Expanding Scope of Medical Travel [Editorials]

The face of medical travel is changing. In recent years, medical travel has expanded to include middle-class patients seeking more affordable care. In 2007, approximately 750,000 Americans traveled to other countries for medical care; this number is predicted to exceed 1.6 million in 2012.

Aug 15, 2011 Issue
Preventing Acute Mountain Sickness [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Gradual ascent is the most effective method for preventing acute mountain sickness.

Nov 1, 2010 Issue
Altitude Illness: Risk Factors, Prevention, Presentation, and Treatment [Article]

Altitude illness affects 25 to 85 percent of travelers to high altitudes, depending on their rate of ascent, home altitude, individual susceptibility, and other risk factors. Acute mountain sickness is the most common presentation of altitude illness and typically causes headache and malaise within ...

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