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Hypoxia altitude simulation test.
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PMID:  18398121     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A large number of patients with underlying pulmonary disease travel by air each year and are therefore at risk for significant cardiopulmonary effects of induced hypoxia at higher altitudes. The hypoxia altitude simulation test provides a simple way to identify those patients at risk by simulating conditions encountered at high altitude. By asking the patient to breathe a mixture of gases with an oxygen saturation of 15.1%, the test simulates a cabin pressure of 8,000 feet and allows the physician to screen for hypoxia, significant symptoms, and arrhythmias. Repeating the test with supplemental oxygen ensure adequate treatment of those patients who have a decrease in the alveolar pressure of oxygen, significant symptoms, and/or arrhythmias.
C Jessica Dine; Mary Elizabeth Kreider
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  133     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-09     Completed Date:  2008-05-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1002-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anoxia / blood*,  diagnosis,  etiology
Guidelines as Topic
Lung Diseases / blood,  complications
Oximetry / methods*
Oxygen / blood*
Risk Factors
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Comment In:
Chest. 2008 Apr;133(4):839-42   [PMID:  18398113 ]

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