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Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports: Preliminary data

Brad E. Dicianno, MD, et al.

Symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS) may be due to abnormal regulation of the volume of brain and spinal fluid. No relevant research exists on individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI). We studied symptoms of 64 subjects with TBI, SCI, multiple sclerosis, or no impairments at the 2007 National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado. We found a higher than expected occurrence of AMS overall (51.6%) but no differences among groups in occurrence or severity. Fatigue and weakness were the most common symptoms. More research is needed on medications to prevent and treat AMS.

Volume 45 Number 4, 2008
   Pages 479 — 488

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