Acute frontal sinus barotrauma

Am J Emerg Med. 1990 Jul;8(4):329-31. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(90)90088-h.


A 25-year-old man presented to the emergency department with an acute onset of frontal sinus pain during descent on a commercial airliner. There was no history of recent upper respiratory infection, sinus infection, or chronic allergic rhinitis. Sinus radiographs demonstrated a left frontal sinus submucosal hematoma. Symptoms improved within 24 hours with systemic and topical decongestants/vasoconstrictors and a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agent. He was asymptomatic at 1 week postinjury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aircraft*
  • Barotrauma / diagnostic imaging
  • Barotrauma / etiology*
  • Frontal Sinusitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Frontal Sinusitis / drug therapy
  • Frontal Sinusitis / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nasal Decongestants / therapeutic use
  • Radiography


  • Nasal Decongestants