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Prevalence and time course of acute mountain sickness in older children and adolescents after rapid ascent to 3450 meters.

Authors
  • Bloch, Jonathan1
  • Duplain, Hervé
  • Rimoldi, Stefano F
  • Stuber, Thomas
  • Kriemler, Susi
  • Allemann, Yves
  • Sartori, Claudio
  • Scherrer, Urs
  • 1 Botnar Center for Extreme Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
PEDIATRICS
Publisher
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication Date
January 2009
Volume
123
Issue
1
Pages
1–5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2008-0200
PMID: 19117853
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

After rapid ascent to high altitude, the prevalence of acute mountain sickness in children and adolescents was relatively low; the clinical manifestations were benign and resolved rapidly. These findings suggest that, for the majority of healthy nonacclimatized children and adolescents, travel to 3500 m is safe and pharmacologic prophylaxis for acute mountain sickness is not needed.

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