mountain sickness -->
altitude sickness
medical dictionary

A condition that results from prolonged exposure to high altitude.

Symptoms include a continuous dry cough, shortness of breath, poor exercise tolerance, dizziness, headache, sleep difficulty, anorexia, confusion, fatigue and a rapid pulse.

Treatment includes the immediate movement to a lower altitude. Prophylaxis has been accomplished successfully with the use of acetazolamide (Diamox).

(27 Sep 1997)