TITLE

Acute Mountain Sickness in Children

AUTHOR(S)
Fischer, Philip R.
PUB. DATE
February 2009
SOURCE
Travel Medicine Advisor;Feb2009, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Faced with limited data about acute mountain sickness in children traveling rapidly to high altitude, Swiss researchers studied symptoms in 48 children (ages 10-17, mean age 13) who traveled 2 1/2 hours from low altitude (568 meters) to 3450 meters (approximately 11,200 feet). During the subsequent two days, 38% developed symptoms of mountain sickness; most of these became symptomatic during the first few hours at altitude. Symptoms were relatively mild and decreased over the days of the study; five of the subjects took acetaminophen for headache, but no further treatment was required. The authors concluded that pharmacologic prophylaxis may not be needed.
ACCESSION #
36458026

 

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