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Monge's disease

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Loss of high altitude tolerance after long exposure. A chronic form of mountain sickness occurring in persons living for long periods at high altitudes, usually at over 14.000 feet, characterized by cyanosis, dyspnea, cough, arrythmias, headache, dizziness, stupor, muscle and motor disorders, weakness, and pain in the extremities; vision problems and depression.

See also Acosta's syndrome, which is acute mountain sickness, under José de Acosta, Spanish Jesuit missionary in Peru, 1539-1600.


  • C. Monge-Medrano:
    Sobre un caso de enfermedad de Vaquéz. (síndrome eritrémico de altura.
    Lima, Sanmarti, 1925. 6 pages.
  • C. Monge-Medrano, C. Encinas, E.C. Heraud, A. Hurtado:
    La enfermedad de los Andes (sindromes eritrémicos).
    Anales de la facultad de medicina. Lima, 1928, 23: 1-314
  • C. Monge-Medrano:
    Les erythremies de l'altitude. Paris, Masson et Cie, 1929.
  • C. Monge-Medrano:
    Sobre algunas manifestaciones congestivas de orden cerebral en las eritremias de la altura. Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Lima, 1936, 19: 83-102.
  • C. Monge-Medrano:
    High altitude disease. Archives of Internal Medicine, Chicago, 1937, 59: 32-40.
  • C. Monge-Medrano:
    Sobre algunos puntos de la bioquímica de la sangre, considerada como un sistema físico-químico, en las alturas habitadas del Perú.
    Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Lima,1938, 21: 237-262.
  • C. Monge-Medrano:
    Life in the Andes and Chronic Mountain Disease. Science, 1942, 95: 79-84.
  • A. Hurtado:
    Chronic Mountain Sickness.
    The Journal of the American Medical Association, Chicago, 1942, 120: 1278-1282.
  • C. Monge-Medrano:
    Chronic mountain sickness. Physiological Review; 1943, 23: 166-183.

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