CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Card Crit Care 2017; 01(01): 030-033
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604203
Original Article
Official Publication of The Simulation Society (TSS), accredited by International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound (ISCU)

High Altitude and Anesthesia

Zara Wani1, Meenaxi Sharma1
  • 1Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, NIMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
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Publication Date:
29 September 2017 (online)

Abstract

Anesthesia in any abnormal environment, such as high altitude, is a challenge for all anesthesiologists. To have safe anesthesia at that time, the pathophysiological changes in both the unacclimatized and acclimatized patients at high altitude, which include pulmonary hyperventilation, polycythemia, rising pulmonary blood volume, pulmonary hypertension, and increase in diffusion capacity, are to be considered in preanesthetic checkup.