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Adolescents with altitude: young people do well on Kilimanjaro
  1. S H M Stokes,
  2. N S Kalson,
  3. H Frost,
  4. I Tyrrell-Marsh,
  5. A G Whitehead,
  6. A Davies,
  7. M Earl
  1. School of Medicine, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. S H M Stokes, Clinical Education Centre, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK; suzystokes{at}

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Thousands of young people travel to high altitude annually. Medical problems encountered range from relatively benign acute mountain sickness (AMS) to potentially fatal high altitude cerebral and pulmonary oedema.1 There is limited information on the incidence of these illnesses, or the varying presentations and outcome of children who succumb to them.

We studied physiology and AMS incidence in tourist trekkers attempting the summit (Uhuru Peak) of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 m). All subjects gave written informed consent and ethics approval was obtained from the Tanzanian Commission for Science and …

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