high-altitude pulmonary edema


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high-altitude pulmonary edema

Etymology: ME, heigh, high + L, altitudo + Gk, oidema, swelling
a form of pulmonary edema that occurs in people who move rapidly to higher altitudes. Fluid accumulates in the lungs as atmospheric pressure decreases.

high-altitude pulmonary edema

Abbreviation: HAPE
Pulmonary edema that may occur in aviators, mountain climbers, or anyone exposed to decreased atmospheric pressure.
See: hypoxia
See also: edema
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Those men and women had previously experienced high-altitude pulmonary edema, a potentially life-threatening condition in which fuid collects in the lungs.
Specifically, HAI includes acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) (Table 1).
In addition, acetazolamide (Diamox)--used empirically for more than 3 decades to prevent high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) in individuals with a history of HAPE--is, as a result of recent studies, "finally getting the respect it deserves" as an evidence-based prophylactic agent, said Dr.
Positive association of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene polymorphisms with high-altitude pulmonary edema.
It had been assumed that avalanches and falling ice - particularly in the Khumbu Icefall on the Nepal route - were the leading causes of death and that high-altitude pulmonary edema would be a common problem at such extreme altitude.
3) However, even while maintaining sufficient oxygen saturation, Gabry and colleagues reported patients with high-altitude pulmonary edema arising at elevations between 4,600 and 8,000 ft.
When fluids accumulate in the lungs, High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) can, in effect, drown a person.

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