Symptoms and Signs of Sinus Squeeze

Doctor's Notes on Sinus Squeeze

Sinus squeeze (also termed sinus barotrauma) is a condition where pressure inside a sinus cavity causes pain. Signs and symptoms include pressure/pain in the forehead, teeth, cheeks and/or eyes; the nose may bleed and the mucosal lining of the sinuses may swell. Symptoms usually come on abruptly when a person has a rapid change in environmental pressure (scuba divers, airline passengers, hyperbaric treatments, for example).

The cause of sinus squeeze is an inability to equalize entrapped air in the sinus with that in the environment because of congestion or blockage of sinus openings (for example, polyps, deviated septum) into the nasal cavity.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.