EXPORT CITATION

Chapter-15 High Altitude Problems

BOOK TITLE: Oxygen Therapy

Author
1. Jindal SK
2. Agarwal R
ISBN
9788184481976
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/10584_15
Edition
2/e
Publishing Year
2008
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
1. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Chandigarh, Punjab, India, Telemedicine Postgraduate, Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh, India, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh; Jindal Clinics, Chandigarh, India, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Medical Director, Jindal Clinics, Chandigarh, India
2. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
Chapter keywords

Abstract

Atmospheric pressure gradually declines as the altitude increases. Hypoxia associated symptoms may appear beyond an altitude of about 10000 feet. While natives acclimatize to hypoxic condition, the low-landers develop problems, e.g. acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema, pulmonary hypertension, chronic mountain sickness or Monge’s disease, high altitude cerebral edema at high altitude on rapid ascend. High altitude edema is often life-threatening. Oxygen may improve some of the symptoms complex of high altitude. It has no place in the treatment of Monge’s disease. It may lower pulmonary hypertension but not reverse the condition. It is however required for respiratory insufficiency which may occur in patients with chronic hypoxemic disorders.

Related Books

© 2019 Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.   |   All Rights Reserved