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Infraorbital Hypesthesia After Maxillary Sinus Barotrauma

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Infraorbital Hypesthesia After Maxillary Sinus Barotrauma

F K Butler et al. Undersea Hyperb Med.

Abstract

We report a case of a diver who suffered an episode of maxillary sinus barotrauma that presented with decreased sensation over the cutaneous distribution of the infraorbital nerve after an ascent which produced facial pain and crepitus. This case illustrates a potential confusion between a decompression sickness etiology and a barotraumatic etiology for the observed sensory deficit. The clinical features of this case were most consistent with a barotraumatic etiology for the findings noted. The anatomy of the trigeminal nerve and previous reports of cranial nerve deficits following barotrauma are reviewed.

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