acute mountain sickness

mountain sickness that appears a few hours after exposure to high altitude, characterized by fatigue, dizziness, breathlessness, headache, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, impairment of mental capacity, and prostration. Called also Acosta disease.

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  • Acute mountain sickness (AMS) — is the effect on the body of being in a high altitude environment. AMS is common at high altitudes, that is above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Three quarters of people have mild symptoms of AMS over 10,000 feet (3,048 meters). The occurrence of AMS …   Medical dictionary

  • AMS (acute mountain sickness) — Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the effect on the body of being in a high altitude environment. AMS is common at high altitudes, that is above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Three quarters of people have mild symptoms of AMS over 10,000 feet (3,048… …   Medical dictionary

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  • Mountain sickness, acute (AMS) — Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the illness that results from being in a high altitude environment. AMS is common at high altitudes, that is above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Three quarters of people have mild symptoms of AMS over 10,000 feet… …   Medical dictionary

  • Sickness, acute mountain (AMS) — Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the illness that results from being at high altitude. AMS is common at very high altitudes, that is above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Three quarters of people have mild symptoms of AMS over 10,000 feet (3,048… …   Medical dictionary

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