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Definition of Barotrauma

Barotrauma: Trauma caused by rapid or extreme changes in air pressure, especially affecting enclosed cavities within the body such as the middle ear (otic barotrauma), the sinuses (sinus barotrauma), and the lungs (pulmonary barotrauma).

See also: Otic barotrauma; Sinus barotrauma; and Pulmonary barotrauma.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=31722
Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012

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