Adult subacute mountain sickness-a syndrome of congestive heart failure in man at very high altitude

I. S. Anand, Y. Chandrashekhar, H. K. Bali, P. L. Wahi, S. K. Jindal, R. M. Malhotra, S. S. Chauhan, R. K. Bhandari

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Abstract

A new type of mountain sickness is decribed. 21 men (age 22·2, standard deviation [SD] 1·8 years) had severe congestive heart failure with oedema and ascites after 10·8 (SD 5·9) weeks at altitudes of 5800-6700 m. Investigation, within 3 days of transfer to 300 m, showed polycythaemia, cardiomegaly with right ventricular enlargement, and (in 17) pericardial effusion. The heart failure resolved rapidly after transfer from high altitude.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-565
Number of pages5
JournalThe Lancet
Volume335
Issue number8689
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 10 1990

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