Bizarre case suggests long-haul flights may hasten dementia

Long-haul flights may trigger delirium and hasten dementia in patients with mild cognitive impairment, a case report suggests.

The case involved a 73-year-old man with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment travelling by plane from his home in Scotland to Australia.

As the plane began its descent to the airport in Australia, the patient suddenly became agitated and developed bizarre, nihilistic delusions about Nazis taking over the plane.

He was admitted to hospital after landing, and continued to exhibit challenging behaviours such as agitation, wandering and resistance to nursing care.

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