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Definition of Pulmonary barotrauma

Pulmonary barotrauma: Damage to the lung from rapid or excessive pressure changes, as may occur when a patient is on a ventilator and is subjected to high airway pressure. Pulmonary barotrauma can also occur in scuba and other forms of diving.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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