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Document ID (ISN)22827
CIS number 75-878
ISSN - Serial title Revue de médecine aéronautique et spatiale
Year 1973
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ringenbach G.
Title Haematological adjustment to high altitudes
Original title L'acclimatation hématologique à l'altitude. [in French]
Bibliographic information 4th quarter 1973, Vol.12, No.48, p.595-600. 19 ref.
Abstract After a review of past and current knowledge concerning altitude polyglobulia or long-term polyglobulia, that is, the true haematological adjustment to altitude, the author summarises 20 years of personal research on the phenomena which lead to this adaptation. He used a veino-capillary coupled erythrogram technique on 72 subjects who had to remain for long periods at high altitudes on account of their occupation. He observed a reduction of red blood cells in the venous blood, and an unequal distribution of these cells in both venous blood and capillary blood. Based on these observations, he derived a chronology of adaptation and conducted a pathogenic study from which he concluded that there was pertubation of the water metabolism. He suggests prophylaxis by administration of haematoporphyrin to enable workers to live safely and comfortably at high altitudes.
Descriptors (primary) blood-cell anomalies; high altitude; haematological changes
Descriptors (secondary) polycythaemia; metabolic disturbances; medical prevention; human experiments; water metabolism
Document type -
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Hypobaric pressure
Blood diseases