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mountain sickness

n.
Altitude sickness brought on by the diminished oxygen pressure at mountain elevations.
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mountain sickness

n
1. (Pathology) Also called: altitude sickness nausea, headache, and shortness of breath caused by climbing to high altitudes (usually above 12 000 ft)
2. (Veterinary Science) vet science a disease of cattle kept at high altitude in S and N America, characterized by congestive heart failure
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al′titude sick`ness


n.
a disorder associated with the low oxygen content of the atmosphere at high altitudes, in acute conditions resulting in prostration, shortness of breath, and cardiac disturbances.
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Noun1.mountain sickness - nausea and shortness of breath experienced by mountain climbers above ten thousand feet
altitude sickness - effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues at high altitudes
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"From what I have read most of the deaths, including Robin's, occurred as a result of high altitude illness which is a well-recognised risk for high altitude mountaineers and happens every season."
To the Editor: It was delightful to see an article'11 about altitude illness in a recent issue of SAMJ, especially in view of the fact that over the years there have been many unnecessary deaths on Kilimanjaro due to climbers going up too high too fast.
Anyone who travels to high altitude is at risk of developing high altitude illness. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) represent a continuum of one form of such illness.
MacInnis MJ, Koehler MS, Rupert JL (2010) Evidence for a genetic basis for altitude illness: 2010 update.
Climbers, trekkers, workers, and tourists who travel to high-altitude destinations are at risk of altitude illness due to hypoxia.
The best way to prevent altitude illness is to ascend slowly and take time to get used to the lower oxygen levels.
Physiological risk factors for severe high altitude illness. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2012;185(2):192-198.
Prevention of high altitude illness. Travel Med Infect Dis 2014;12:29-39.
Wilderness Medical Society consensus guidelines for the prevention and treatment of acute altitude illness. Wilderness Environ Med 2010; 21(2): 146-55.
Altitude illness: update on prevention and treatment.