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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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.

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Publication Date:
26 July 2021 (online)

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