COVID-19 Lung Injury is Not High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
A publication by Andrew M Luks et al
High Altitude Medicine and Biology
Dr Luks and colleagues clarify in this statement why there is a big distinction between HAPE and COVID-19 mediated lung injury and that one must not make a mistake in confusing these very different pathologies.
COVID-19 mediated lung injury has proven to be a heterogeneous disease in which patients present with varying degrees of hypoxemia, alterations in lung compliance and other physiologic derangements. In this challenging time, we must identify the best means to care for these critically ill patients. That approach should be grounded in sound pulmonary physiology, clinical experience and, when available, evidence from clinical studies. We must avoid propagation of erroneous theories and treatments with potentially deleterious consequences for patient care
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