Altitude Sickness Evaluation
The evaluation of acute mountain sickness begins with a history and physical exam.
Physical findings in someone with high altitude illness may include:
- Facial swelling
- Hand swelling (bilateral)
- Leg swelling (bilateral)
- Increased heart rate
- Increased breathing rate
Tests that may be used to evaluate high altitude illness include:
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