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Conditions That May Affect Certification

In this section, find answers to questions about how a medical condition might impact your flying privileges. Information is categorized by physiology and includes the relevant medical standards, as well as the procedures to follow for recertification, or to obtain a special issuance medical certificate.

Bone and Joint
Includes information on arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

Cancer
Many pilots recover from cancer and regain flying privileges. Find out more here.

Ear, Nose, Throat, and Equilibrium
Read the medical standards for hearing, as well as information on cochlear implants, Eustachian bypass, and motion sickness.

Endocrine System
Includes information on diabetes and thyroid conditions.

Gastrointestinal
GERD, hepatitis, colitis, Crohn's disease and more are covered here.

Heart and Circulatory System
Read how to get recertified after having heart-related problems.

Immune System
HIV and related conditions are included in this section.

Mental Health
This section covers ADD/ADHD, depression, psychological evaluation, and substance abuse.

Neurological (Nervous System)
Read about migraine headaches, cerebrovascular disease, and strokes.

Pulmonary
Read how you can keep your medical certification if you have asthma, allergies, or another lung-related condition.

Sleep Disorders
Find out what you'll need to do to get your medical renewed if you have sleep apnea.

Substance Abuse
Here are the guidelines for certification if you have a history of alcohol or drug-related problems.

Urology (includes kidney)
Read how to be recertified after having kidney stones removed, or after a successful kidney transplant.

Vision
Color vision, glaucoma, and LASIK surgery are all covered here.