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HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (HACE)
CAUSE PREVENTION SYMPTOMS TREATMENT

Rapidly ascending to high altitudes (2,400 meters or 8,000 feet)*.

Excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain.

Acclimatization.

Staged and/or graded ascent.

Slow assumption of physical activity.

Protection from the cold.

Most severe high altitude illness.

Severe headache, nausea, and vomiting.

Staggering walk/sway.

Confusion, disorientation, and drowsiness.

Coma, usually followed by death.

Immediate evacuation/descent

Seek qualified medical assistance.

*HACE, like HAPE, most often does not occur until above 3,500 meters (12,000 feet).
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