high altitude pulmonary edema

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high al·ti·tude pul·mo·nar·y e·de·ma

(hī al'ti-tūd pul'mŏ-nar-ē ĕ-dē'mă)
A severe form of acute mountain sickness with subtle onset of symptoms.
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For people who have had high altitude pulmonary edema, the calcium channel blocker nifedipine (procardia) can be helpful.
Daxor Corporation, (AMEX: DXR), a leading medical instrumentation and biotechnology company, today announced the receipt of data from an important study on High Altitude Pulmonary Edema.
Knauth and colleagues at the University Hospitals in Goettingen and Heidelberg, Germany, compared brain MRI findings among four groups of mountaineers: climbers with well documented episodes of HACE; climbers with a history of high altitude illness; climbers with a history of severe acute mountain sickness (AMS); and climbers with a history of isolated high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), a life-threatening accumulation of fluid in the lungs that occurs at high altitudes.
Severe consequences include high altitude pulmonary edema and high altitude cerebral edema, which are both medical emergencies.

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