The management of highaltitude illness

High-altitude illnesses include various grades of acute mountain sickness which must be distinguished from high-altitude pulmonary edema ( TableJ ). Mild to moderate acute mountain sickness is usually a self-limiting disease which improves with progressive acclimatization. In subjects who fail to acclimatize, acute mountain sickness or high-altitude pulmonary edema will progress into its most severe form which, if unrecognized or untreated, leads to death ( Ward §t,ai 1995).

Table 1 Severity of high-altitude illness and its associated symptoms and signs

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