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Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports: Preliminary data

Dicianno, BE and Aguila, ED and Cooper, RA and Pasquina, PF and Clark, MJ and Collins, DM and Fitzgerald, SG and Wichman, TA (2008) Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports: Preliminary data. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45 (4). 479 - 488. ISSN 0748-7711

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Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a frequent complication for military personnel, veterans, athletes, and travelers at high altitudes. Symptoms may occur in individuals with less cerebrospinal fluid volume and less ability to accommodate increased brain volume. No studies on AMS exist in individuals with neurological impairments. We studied 64 subjects, including active and sedentary controls and those with tetraplegia, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury at the 2007 National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado. Subjects completed three Lake Louise Score surveys to quantify symptoms. We found a higher than expected occurrence of AMS overall (51.6%) but no differences among groups, and few participants sought treatment. Fatigue and weakness were common symptoms. High subject activity levels may explain these findings. More research is warranted on larger sample sizes and on preventative medications and treatments for AMS, especially since many military personnel with neurological impairments are returning to full active service.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dicianno, BEdicianno@pitt.eduDICIANNO0000-0003-0738-0192
Aguila, ED
Pasquina, PF
Clark, MJ
Collins, DM
Fitzgerald, SG
Wichman, TA
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume: 45
Number: 4
Page Range: 479 - 488
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1682/jrrd.2007.08.0136
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0748-7711
MeSH Headings: Acute Disease; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Altitude Sickness--diagnosis; Altitude Sickness--epidemiology; Altitude Sickness--physiopathology; Altitude Sickness--therapy; Case-Control Studies; Colorado--epidemiology; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Questionnaires; Risk Factors; Veterans
PubMed ID: 18712635
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 21:48
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 00:55


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