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Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?

Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion?  Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?

Not usually: Barotrauma may perforate the tympanic membrane whereas infection can cause fluid to accumulate, with perforation a late consequence. Ent eval may be helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Rosenfeld
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Barotrauma (Definition)

Barotrauma is a condition in which a person has an injury due to sudden changes in pressure. Examples of barotrauma are a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) from being too close to an explosion, or damaged ear drums from being in a car crash with ...Read more


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I was wondering what are clinical manifestations of barotrauma?

Pressure change: Barotrauma is the injury due to differences in pressure exerted into an organ. It causes pain if it is in the eyes, the sinuses, the ears but in the lungs can cause the lungs to pop or have pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called barotrauma.?

Explain the condition called barotrauma.?

Barotrauma...: ...Usually refers to damage to the lungs of a patient on a ventilator. It is almost always used to specifically mean air escaping the lung into the pleura (pneumothorax) or the mediastinum (area between the lungs; a pneumomediastinum). While it is a common complication in people with severe acute respiratory failure (e.g. Ards), by itself it has no impact on the probability of survival. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with barotrauma always have?

What symptoms does someone with barotrauma always have?

Chest pain: Shortness of breath and chest pain are common symptoms of barotrauma. If on ventilator therapy, only changes in the ability to ventilate the patient may be seen. In some conditions, worsening of pre-existing lung injury can occur. Many patients are sedated so no symptoms can be determined. ...Read more

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Any adults out there who experienced barotrauma and recovered well?

Any adults out there who experienced barotrauma and recovered well?

Barotrauma: Barotrauma can occur difficulty acclimatizing to outside atmosphere. Like sudden explosions, gun shots at close range--- results in damage to eat drum, tinnitus, hearing loss. If you have symptoms you need to see ENT right away. Depends on the severity and the damage it would have caused. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of barotrauma and how can I safely address them?

What are the symptoms of barotrauma and how can I safely address them?

Barotrauma: Barotrauma can occur difficulty acclimatizing to outside atmosphere. Like sudden explosions, gun shots at close range--- results in damage to eat drum, tinnitus, hearing loss. If you have symptoms you need to see ENT right away. ...Read more

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Can barotrauma cause vertigo?

Can barotrauma cause vertigo?

Yes: Pressure change can lead to vertigo. If you are a diver and you have vertigo from a dive that may be an ear nose and throat emergency. ...Read more