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Orbital Fracture Deterioration After Scuba Diving

Nakatani, Hiroko MD; Yoshioka, Nobutaka MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: July 2009 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p 1286-1288
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3181ae1fdf
Brief Clinical Notes

Sinus barotrauma is a common disease in divers. However, it is not familiar to maxillofacial surgeon. We presented orbital fracture deterioration by sinus barotrauma in scuba diving and a review of literatures. We also discussed the clinical features, the prevention, and the possible mechanism of orbital fracture deterioration after scuba diving.

From the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Saiseikai Nakatsu Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

Received February 5, 2009.

Accepted for publication March 22, 2009.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Hiroko Nakatani, MD, Saiseikai Nakatsu Hospital, 2-10-39 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan; E-mail:

© 2009 Mutaz B. Habal, MD