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Horizonte Médico (Lima)

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VIRUEZ SOTO, José Antonio  and  TINOCO SOLORZANO, Amilcar. Acute re-entry high-altitude pulmonary edema. Horiz. Med. [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.3, e943. ISSN 1727-558X.

Acute high-altitude pulmonary edema is a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Also known as acute re-entry high-altitude pulmonary edema, it may occur in highland dwellers who return to their hometown after having stayed at a lower-level area. This is the case of a 14 year-old male patient, native to and resident of the city of El Alto (La Paz, Bolivia), located at 4,090 meters above sea level. The patient developed acute high-altitude pulmonary edema when returning from a town at 500 meters above sea level. He required intensive care and showed a favorable evolution.

Keywords : Pulmonary edema; Altitude; Resident population.

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