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acute mountain sickness [1 record]

Record 1 2010-11-22

English

Subject field(s)
  • Symptoms (Medicine)
  • Morphology and General Physiology
CONT

The constellation of symptoms that characterizes AMS is a frequent cause of morbidity and occasionally mortality and affects 25% of travelers sojourning to altitudes between 1900 and 3000 m (about 6,200-9,850 ft). Joseph de Acosta, a Jesuit priest, presented the first classical account of the physical symptoms associated with mountain sickness in 1604 during a climbing expedition to Peru.

French

Domaine(s)
  • Symptômes (Médecine)
  • Morphologie et physiologie générale
CONT

Le «mal aigu des montagnes» touche presque toutes les personnes allant en haute altitude. En dessous de 3000 m, il est très rare qu'une personne souffre de ce mal; en effet il n'apparaît le plus souvent qu'à partir de 3500 m. Le «mal aigu des montagnes» est dû à un défaut d'oxygénation du cerveau consécutif à une mauvaise acclimatation. L'incidence du mal aigu des montagnes (MAM) est variable mais augmente très rapidement avec l'altitude.

Spanish

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