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1 June 2006 High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema Presenting 18 Hours After Descent
Jared Strote, Jordan Prutkin
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High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a potentially life-threatening condition that is rapidly and definitively treated by descent. We report a case of worsening HAPE, presenting more than 18 hours after descent to sea level. The patient was treated with diuretics, calcium channel blockers, and oxygen and improved during a 24-hour observation period. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of HAPE symptoms increasing after descent from altitude.

Jared Strote and Jordan Prutkin "High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema Presenting 18 Hours After Descent," Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 17(2), 137-139, (1 June 2006). https://doi.org/10.1580/PR35-05.1
Published: 1 June 2006
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HAPE
high altitude illness
pulmonary edema
Respiratory distress
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