When Lungs on Mountains Leak Studying Pulmonary Edema at High Altitudes

John T. Reeves, Robert B. Schoene

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialpeer-review

8 Scopus citations


ON August 10, 1894, Pietro Ramella, a young Italian soldier taking part in physiological experiments, ascended rapidly to the Capanna Regina Margherita hut on Monte Rosa (4559 m), an Alpine peak bordering Italy and Switzerland. Within a day he had severe headache, cyanosis, dyspnea, rales, and pink, frothy sputum. He was thought to have pneumonia. A storm prevented his descent, but luckily he recovered spontaneously within a few days. An Italian physiologist, Angelo Mosso, suspected that heavy exertion at high altitude had contributed to Ramella's illness.1 In retrospect, Ramella probably had high-altitude pulmonary edema. More than 60 years later, in.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1306-1307
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number18
StatePublished - Oct 31 1991
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'When Lungs on Mountains Leak Studying Pulmonary Edema at High Altitudes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this