Altitude sickness or hypobaropathy
a pathological effect of high altitude on humans (and animals), caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude.
commonly occurs above 2400 feet.
- Pulmonary edema
- Cerebral edema
May progress to respiratory distress, loss of consciousness and death.
treatment and management of symptoms:
- supplemental oxygen for hypoxia,
- fluid replacement for dehydration
- diuretics for pulmonary and cerebral edema
Descent from altitude.