A spectrum of medical problems ranging from mild discomfort to fatal illness that occur on ascent to higher altitudes as a direct result of inadequate acclimatization
Categories of al...
AMS, mild to moderate symptoms
Headache, plus at least one of:
Nausea or vomiting
Dizziness or light-headedness
AMS, severe symptoms
Individuals without previous altitude exposure should adhere to acclimatization guidelines.
Early recognition is important.
Stop ascent, acclimatize at the same altitude, and/o...
For mild cases, no follow-up is needed.
For more severe cases, follow until symptoms subside.
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Luks AM, McIntosh SE, Grissom CK, et al. Wilderness Medical Soc...
T70.20XA Unspecified effects of high altitude, initial encounter
T70.20XD Unspecified effects of high altitude, subsequent encounter
T70.20XS Unspecified effects of high altitude, sequela
Slow ascent and timely descent are important in the prevention and treatment of high-altitude illnesses.
Lack of symptom resolution with appropriate descent suggests an alternative diag...
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