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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-48

Pilgrim health: Short sojourns to high altitude with pre-existing medical problems

1 Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Physiology, Army College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jayanti Pant
Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JME.JME_71_21

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Mountains have attracted travelers for short sojourns for pilgrimage, recreation or adventure which exposes them to the environmental stressors such as hypoxia, cold, low humidity and increased UV radiation. Such places are also often located in wilderness with poor access to medical aid and other resources. The present article aims to provide an overview for understanding the pathophysiology of common medical conditions in such extreme environments and the principles of their management.

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