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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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