Acute Mountain Sickness

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Acute mountain sickness (AMS) describes a collection of nonspecific vegetative symptoms that include headache, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, and insomnia experienced by non-acclimatized mountaineers within 6-12 h of arrival to altitudes above 2,500m. It is considered a primary disorder of the central nervous system since headache, indistinguishable from that encountered during migraine without aura, is the most common feature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease
EditorsFrank Mooren
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-29807-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-36065-0
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2012


  • altitutude sickness
  • altitutude illness
  • hypobaropathy


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