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chronic mountain sickness


Definition: loss of high altitude tolerance after prolonged exposure (by residence), characterized by extreme polycythemia, exaggerated hypoxemia, and reduced mental and physical capacity; relieved by descent.

Synonym(s): altitude erythremia, chronic soroche, Monge disease

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