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Acute Mountain Sickness and High Altitude Cerebral Oedema

  • Peter Bärtsch
  • Damian Miles Bailey


This chapter summarises advances made over the last 12 years regarding our understanding of the pathophysiology and its clinical implications in acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE). Issues on the definition and diagnosis of AMS and HACE as well as determinants of incidence and susceptibility are discussed. Furthermore, new studies on prevention and treatment of AMS are critically evaluated. Findings on lung function, gas exchange, metabolism, hormonal response, markers of inflammation, changes in the autonomic nervous system, cerebral blood flow, and brain imaging are reviewed. The results of these examinations are incorporated into an overall concept relating to the underlying pathophysiology of acute mountain sickness and high altitude cerebral oedema.


Cerebral Blood Flow Force Vital Capacity Vasogenic Oedema Hypobaric Hypoxia Acute Mountain Sickness 
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  1. 1.Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Internal MedicineMedical University Clinic, University of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Neurovascular Research Laboratory, Faculty of Life Sciences and EducationUniversity of South WalesMid-GlamorganUK

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