Successful Summit of Two 8000 m Peaks After Recent High Altitude Pulmonary Edema.

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Summary of "Successful Summit of Two 8000 m Peaks After Recent High Altitude Pulmonary Edema."

There is little information in the literature on the safety of reascent to high altitude shortly after resolution of severe acute altitude illness, including high altitude pulmonary or cerebral edema. We present a case of a 52-y-old male climber who was diagnosed with high altitude pulmonary edema during the 2018 Everest spring climbing season, descended to low altitude for 9 d, received treatment, and returned to continue climbing with a very rapid ascent rate. Despite a very recent history of high altitude pulmonary edema and not using pharmacologic prophylaxis over a very rapid reascent profile, the climber successfully summited Mt. Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8516 m) without any problems.


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Name: Wilderness & environmental medicine
ISSN: 1545-1534


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