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Barotrauma of Descent

  1. Otic Barotrauma ("ear squeeze")
    1. Results from inability to equalize middle ear pressure
    2. Pain, fullness, vertigo, conductive hearing loss
    3. Treatment = Decongestants, consider antibiotics
  2. Sinus barotrauma ("sinus squeeze")
    1. Pain over affected sinus, possible bleeding from nare
    2. Treatment = Decongestants, consider antibiotics
  3. Inner ear barotrauma
    1. Sudden onset of sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, severe vertigo after Valsalva
    2. Treatment = Head of bed up, no nose blowing, antivertigo medications
    3. Urgent ENT consult as some surgeons advocate early exploration



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