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Aerotoxic SyndromeA popular term for the short- and long-term effects of exposure to cabin air in commercial aircraft that contains atomised petrochemicals (fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, de-icing fluid) and other substances, linked to the design of the cabin ventilation which is supplied by engine “bleed air”.
Alleged clinical findings Cognitive changes, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, dyspnoea, anxiety, mood swings, malaise, diarrhoea, tremors and various neurologic complaints, especially linked to the autonomic nervous system. The peer reviewed data is scant and inconclusive. It is not known whether aerotoxic syndrome is a valid entity.