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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 401-405
Neuroimaging features of fatal high-altitude cerebral edema

1 Department of Radiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
2 Department of Neuroimaging and Interventional Radiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Gorky Medhi
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok - 737 102, Sikkim
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_296_18

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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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