The European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine is an official Journal of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM), representing 36 national societies from 34 European countries.
The Journal’s mission is to promote the best medical practice and innovation in the field of acute and general medicine. It also provides a forum for internal medicine doctors where they can share new approaches with the aim of improving diagnostic and clinical skills in this field. View full aims and scopes.
EJCRIM welcomes high-quality case reports describing unusual or complex cases that an internist may encounter in everyday practice. The cases should either demonstrate the appropriateness of a diagnostic/therapeutic approach, describe a new procedure or maneuver, or show unusual manifestations of a disease or unexpected reactions. The Journal only accepts and publishes those case reports whose learning points provide new insight and/or contribute to advancing medical knowledge both in terms of diagnostics and therapeutic approaches. Case reports of medical errors, therefore, are also welcome as long as they provide innovative measures on how to prevent them in the current practice (Instructive Errors).
The Journal may also consider brief and reasoned reports on issues relevant to the practice of Internal Medicine, as well as Abstracts submitted to the scientific meetings of acknowledged medical societies.

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Micah Liam Arthur Heldeweg, Jonathan Xavier Medina Feliz, Kenrick Berend

Introduction: High altitude illness is a complication of rapid ascent above 2,500 m elevation. Ventilatory, circulatory and haematological adjustments, known as acclimatization, occur to maintain adequate delivery of oxygen. Although (non-)pharmaceutical strategies that modulate ventilation and circulation have long been accepted, the haematological approach has not.
Case description: This report describes the application of a comprehensive strategy, including prior pre-acclimatization using an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA), in two healthy subjects ascending from sea level to 6,268 m. Following ESA administration 30 days prior to ascent, the subjects had a cumulative haemoglobin rise of 7.1% and 11.9%, respectively. Both subjects experienced minimal symptoms during four incremental ascents to the final altitude and no adverse events occurred.
Discussion: This report has limited external validity, lacking both a sample size and controls, but can serve as practical exploration of the concept. Administration of an ESA may be a safe and useful pre-acclimatization strategy but cannot be recommended based on current evidence. More comprehensive research is needed.

2023: Vol 10 No 3