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Abstract #0453

MRI Measurements of ICP in Simulated Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Justin Stevan Lawley1, Noam Alperin2, Sang H. Lee2, Paul Gerald Mark Mullins3, Samuel James Oliver1, Jamie Hugo Macdonald1

1Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom; 2University of Miami, Miami, FL, United States; 3Bangor Imaging Center, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom

Prolonged exposure to high altitude is often followed by Acute Mountain Sickness, which presents as a number of symptoms including headache, nausea and vomiting. The prevalence of AMS increases with rate of ascent, total altitude gain and irrespective of altitude, a striking individual susceptibility, thought to be the result of a predisposition to intracranial hypertension. Despite the elegance and longevity of this hypothesis, evidence for elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) in concert with AMS is rare due, in part, to the challenging measurement of ICP in healthy individuals. MR estimates of ICP were employed to further elucidate the pathophysiology of AMS.