Mountain Sickness (cont.)
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Altitude Sickness Symptoms
Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms:
People with acute altitude sickness often attribute their symptoms to other causes such as an uncomfortable bed, bad food, or a hangover. However, it is important to recognize that these symptoms may indicate a high altitude illness.
High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), an advanced form of acute altitude sickness, causes the following progression of symptoms:
Onset of HAPE can be gradual or sudden. HAPE typically occurs after more than one day spent at high altitude.
High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) can begin with confusion.
Eric A Nazziola, MD
John Lafleur, MD
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