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Recompression therapy of mountain sickness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12150075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper describes the treatment of a severe case of acute mountain sickness with a portable hyperbaric chamber. A 37-year old climber was treated for acute high altitude pulmonary oedema, which developed on the North Col of Mount Everest, at an altitude of 7,060 m. The treatment in the portable Gamow bag hyperbaric chamber lasted two hours, with a bag pressure of 103 mm Hg (0.136 kg/cm2 or 2 psig) using ambient air, without the addition of oxygen. With this pressure increase, the hyperbaric chamber lowered the patient's effective ambient altitude from 6,050 to 4,400 m. The treatment was successful and the pulmonary oedema disappeared. Outside the hyperbaric chamber, the patient recovered fully when he reached the altitude of 2,000 m. Portable hyperbaric chamber is recommended for the treatment of severe cases of acute mountain sickness, as well as for risky descent to lower altitudes.
Dubravko Marković; Hasan Kovacević
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0004-1254     ISO Abbreviation:  Arh Hig Rada Toksikol     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-01     Completed Date:  2002-08-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373100     Medline TA:  Arh Hig Rada Toksikol     Country:  Croatia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
General Hospital Pula, Pula, Croatia.
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MeSH Terms
Altitude Sickness / complications,  therapy*
Hyperbaric Oxygenation*
Pulmonary Edema / etiology,  therapy

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