Medical waiver for flying after microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm

Ori Wand, Alon Grossman, Amit Assa, Dror Tal, Avi Shupak

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Background: Microvascular decompression has become the treatment of choice for hemifacial spasm. Post-surgical symptoms of vestibular dysfunction may appear, but are mostly transient. The unique occupational demands of military aviators necessitate complete otoneurological evaluation after vestibular insults to allow safe return to fl ying duties. Case Report: We present a case of a military jet-fi ghter pilot who developed transient vertigo and disequilibrium after microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm. Resolution of symptoms and complete recovery as documented by vestibular bedside and laboratory tests allowed us to grant the pilot full solo fl ying privileges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-139
Number of pages3
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aviation
  • Flight
  • HFS
  • MVD
  • Military
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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