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My niece is in Costa Rica and has been hospitalized with a

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My niece is in Costa Rica and has been hospitalized with a hemoglobin level of 7.4. They are advising that she should not fly - what are the risks?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: She is under the care of the doctor at a hospital. She is not on any medications.
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: She is under the care of the doctor at the hospital and is not taking any medication
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: She has ulcers
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 3 months ago.

Hello this is Dr. Salama MD,

Anyone whose hemoglobin is less than 8.5 may have difficulty during flight due to the decreased level of oxygen as more oxygen is needed in such high altitudes.

If she has to fly, then I would recommend arranging for supplemental oxygen to be taken on the flight.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

If not, please don't forget to leave a positive rating (bonus appreciated) as that's the only way I get credit for answering your question.

Thank you!

Expert:  Michael Salama replied 3 months ago.

Please let me know if you have another questions.

If not, please don't forget to leave a rating, thanks!