Relationship between individual ventilatory response and acute renal water excretion at high altitude

Gabriele Valli, Daniela Bonardi, Federica Campigotto, Valter Fasano, Alessandra Gennari, Luca Pomidori, Annalisa Cogo, Paolo Palange

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We tested the hypothesis that the individual ventilatory adaptation to high altitude (HA, 5050 m) may influence renal water excretion in response to water loading. In 8 healthy humans (33 ± 4 S.D. years) we studied, at sea level (SL) and at HA, resting ventilation (over(V, ̇)E), arterial oxygen saturation (S pO2), urinary output after water loading (WL, 20 mL/kg), and total body water (TBW). Ventilatory response to HA was defined as the difference in resting over(V, ̇)E over S pO2 (Δ over(V, ̇)E / Δ S pO2) from SL to HA. At HA, a significant increase in urinary volume after the first hour from WL (%WLt(0-60)) was observed. Significant correlations were found between Δ over(V, ̇)E / Δ S pO2 versus %WLt(0-60) at HA and versus changes in TBW, from SL to HA. In conclusion, in healthy subjects the ventilatory response to HA influences water balance and correlates with kidney response to WL. A higher ventilatory response at HA, allowing a more efficient water renal handling, is likely to be a protective mechanisms from altitude illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalRespiratory Physiology and Neurobiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 31 2008


  • Hypobaria
  • Hypoxia
  • Kidney
  • Ventilation
  • Water excretion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)


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