NF04.1/T70.1 Sinus barotrauma



Sinus barotrauma is an injury to the sinuses caused by rapid changes in atmospheric pressure. This can occur during air travel, scuba diving, and other activities where the surrounding air pressure changes rapidly and significantly.


Sinus barotrauma is typically diagnosed based on a combination of the patient’s symptoms, a physical examination, and medical imaging such as X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.

Differential diagnosis

Other conditions that can cause similar symptoms include sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and other types of sinus infections.


Treatment for sinus barotrauma usually involves relieving the pressure in the affected sinuses. This can be done with medications such as decongestants and antihistamines, or through the use of a special device called a pressure equalization tube (PET).


The prognosis for sinus barotrauma is generally good if it is treated promptly and correctly. Most cases resolve without complications. Some people may experience some residual symptoms such as congestion, but these usually disappear over time.

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