Poster presented at the Triological Society 113th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., April 30–May 1, 2010.
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
Copyright © 2010 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 121, Issue 3, pages 501–502, March 2011
How to Cite
Al-Khudari, S., Loochtan, M. and Yaremchuk, K. (2011), Roller coaster–induced barotrauma . The Laryngoscope, 121: 501–502. doi: 10.1002/lary.21424
The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Received: 21 SEP 2010
We present the case of a 24-year-old male who presented to the otolaryngology clinic for otalgia and aural fullness after riding a roller coaster. We present his clinical course and outcome and briefly discuss the mechanism of injury and otologic barotrauma. Roller coasters have been reported as the cause of many different types of injuries, but this is the first reported case of otologic barotrauma. As the engineering for roller coasters continues to advance in terms of increasing speed, otolaryngologists need to be aware of a new etiology of otologic barotrauma. Laryngoscope, 2011