CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Radiol Imaging 2018; 28(04): 401-405
DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_296_18
Neuroradiology & Head and Neck Imaging

Neuroimaging features of fatal high-altitude cerebral edema

Gorky Medhi
Department of Radiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim
,
Tsella Lachungpa
Department of Radiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim
,
Jitender Saini
Department of Neuroimaging and Interventional Radiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Abstract

Acute high-altitude cerebral edema can occur in an unacclimatised individual on exposure to high altitudes and sometimes it can be fatal. Here we have described the neuroimaging features of a patient who suffered from fatal high altitude cerebral edema. Available literature is reviewed. Probable pathogenesis is discussed. The risk of acute mountain sickness is reported up to 25% in individuals who ascend to an altitude of 3500 meter and in more than 50% subjects at an altitude of 6000 meter. The lack of availability of advanced imaging facilities at such a higher altitude makes imaging of such condition a less described entity.



Publication History

Publication Date:
26 July 2021 (online)

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