High altitude syndromes of primary concern are those attributed directly to the hypoxia: acute hypoxia; acute mountain sickness; pulmonary edema; cerebral edema; retinopathy; peripheral edema; sleeping problems; and a group of neurologic syndromes. The other syndromes, not necessarily related to hypoxia, include thromboembolic events (which may be attributable to dehydration, prolonged incapacitation, polycythemia, and cold), high altitude pharyngitis and bronchitis, and ultraviolet keratitis. Although the different hypoxic clinical syndromes overlap, all share a fundamental mechanism, all are seen in the same setting of rapid ascent in unacclimatized persons, and all respond to the same essential therapy: descent and oxygen.
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