Prevalence of Acute Mountain Sickness at 3500 m Within and Between Families: A Prospective Cohort Study

Susi Kriemler*, Flavia Buergi, Christian Wick, Birgit Wick, Melanie Keller, Urs Wiget, Christian Schindler, Beat A. Kaufmann, Malcolm Kohler, Konrad Bloch, Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca

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Abstract

Kriemler, Susi, Flavia Burgi, Christian Wick, Birgit Wick, Melanie Keller, Urs Wiget, Christian Schindler, Beat A. Kaufmann, Malcolm Kohler, Konrad Bloch, and Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca. Prevalence of acute mountain sickness at 3500m within and between families: A prospective cohort study. High Alt Biol Med. 15:2838, 2014.Aim: To investigate symptoms, prevalence and associated factors of acute mountain sickness (AMS) in families upon a fast ascent to 3450m. Methods: 87 children, 70 adolescents, and 155 parents (n=312) were assessed for AMS 8-10 and 20-24 hours after fast passive ascent by the Lake Louise Score (LLS). Pain sensitivity and oxygen saturation (SO2) were measured and familial clustering was assessed. Results: AMS prevalence was significantly lower in children (21%) compared to adolescents (34%) and adults (39%) on day 1 (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-38
JournalHigh Altitude Medicine & Biology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014

Keywords

  • children
  • families
  • high altitude
  • oxygen saturation
  • pain sensitivity

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