Altitude Brain Swelling Incidence
Facts about high altitude cerebral edema:
- About 67% of people who rapidly ascend to altitudes of 12,000 feet or more will develop symptoms of high altitude illness.
- Up to 12% of those reaching altitudes of 8,000 or 9,000 feet will develop symptoms of high altitude illness.
- Most people with high altitude illness have acute mountain sickness.
- About 3 percent of people with high altitude illness develop cerebral edema.
- High altitude cerebral edema is most common in high altitude mountain climbers.
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