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High Altitude Pulmonary Edema in an Experienced Mountaineer. Possible Genetic Predisposition

  • Author(s): Whitlow, Kenneth S.
  • Davis, Babette W.
  • et al.
Abstract

High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a form of high altitude illness characterized by cough, dyspnea upon exertion progressing to dyspnea at rest and eventual death, seen in patients who ascend over 2,500 meters, particularly if that ascent is rapid. This case describes a patient with no prior history of HAPE and extensive experience hiking above 2,500 meters who developed progressive dyspnea and cough while ascending to 3,200 meters. His risk factors included rapid ascent, high altitude, male sex, and a possible genetic predisposition for HAPE. [West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(7):–0.]

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