Monge's disease

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Monge's disease

[′mōnzh·əz di‚zēz]
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Native highlanders in Tibet and some in Ethiopia, for example, are able to maintain relatively low blood haemoglobin concentrations at high altitude compared to their counterparts in the Andes, a trait that makes them less susceptible to chronic mountain sickness.
One of the key findings was that individuals who had chronic mountain sickness had an abnormal increase in their red cell volume while natives, who did not have this condition, had normal blood red cell volumes and increased plasma volumes.
Excessive hemoglobin is the hallmark of chronic mountain sickness, an overreaction to altitude characterized by thick and viscous blood.

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