Neurological Consequences of Scuba Diving With Chronic Sinusitis

Authors

  • G. Joseph Parell MD,

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    1. University of Florida, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Gainesville, Florida
    • G. Joseph Parell, MD, 330 W. 23rd Street, Suite E, Panama City, Florida, 32405-4540, U.S.A.
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  • Gary D. Becker MD

    1. Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Panorama City, California
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Abstract

Sinus barotrauma from scuba diving is relatively common, usually self-limiting, and often the result of transient nasal pathology. We describe serious neurological sequelae occurring in two scuba divers who had chronic sinusitis. We suggest guidelines for evaluating and treating divers who have chronic sinusitis. Divers with nasal or sinus pathology should be aware of the potentially serious consequences associated with scuba diving even after endoscopic sinus surgery to correct this condition.

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