Diagnosis and prediction of the occurrence of acute mountain sickness measuring oxygen saturation—independent of absolute altitude?

@article{Leichtfried2015DiagnosisAP,
  title={Diagnosis and prediction of the occurrence of acute mountain sickness measuring oxygen saturation—independent of absolute altitude?},
  author={Veronika Leichtfried and Daniel Basic and Martin Burtscher and Raffaella Matteucci Gothe and Uwe Siebert and Wolfgang Schobersberger},
  journal={Sleep and Breathing},
  year={2015},
  volume={20},
  pages={435-442}
}
Commercialization of trekking tourism enables untrained persons to participate in trekking tours. Because hypoxia is one of the main purported triggers for acute mountain sickness (AMS), pulse oximetry, which measures arterial oxygen saturation (SPO2), is discussed to be a possible and useful tool for the diagnosis of AMS. The purpose of this study was to evaluate possible associations between SPO2 values and the occurrence of AMS. In 204 trekkers, SPO2 values (pulse oximetry) were measured and… CONTINUE READING
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