Acute Mountain Sickness among 17-20 years old students who ascend from low altitude areas to 3650m above sea level in Lhasa, Tibet - Incidence and Associated Factors

The aim of the project is to increase the understanding of development of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) among 17-20 years old students who ascend from low altitude areas to 3650m above sea level in Lhasa, Tibet. More than 140 million people worldwide live at altitudes higher than 2500 m above sea level. With increasing altitude, less oxygen enters the lung when breathing, and thus, causes an inadequate supply of oxygen to the body which may lead to hypoxia. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). AMS affects the quality of life, mental and physical performance, and in serious cases AMS will progress to high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) which are potentially fatal. The prevalence of AMS among adults varies between 3% and 93% in studies conducted at different altitude levels applying different methods. Tibet University medical college (TUMC) has in collaboration with institute of Health and Society University of Oslo (UIO), conducted an anonymous survey on incidence and risk factors for AMS among more than 2000 adult tourists arriving Lhasa, Tibet at 3650m.The applicant has developed a questionnaire based on an internationally accepted diagnostic system for AMS, which was filled in day 3 after arrival. The research period is autumn in 2014, to make it comparable with the study of Tibetan students which was performed in the autumn 2012.

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Espen Bjertness

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  • Start: oktober 2014
  • Slutt: juni 2017
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