DAMAGE TO THE MIDDLE EAR AND THE INNER EAR IN UNDERWATER DIVERS

Authors
  1. Money, K.E.
  2. Buckingham, I.P.
  3. Calder, I.M.
  4. Johnson, W.H.
  5. King, J.D.
  6. and others
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Postmortem human tissue from recently deceased divers was processed histologically to assess any inner and middle ear damage that could have resulted from the effects of pressure during diving. The following new findings are particularly noteworthy. In one diver, ascent while breath holding resulted in the rupture of the ear drum and blood in the middle ear, in addition to pulmonary barotrauma. In a second diver, following inner ear decompression sickness, new bone growth, similar to that described earlier in experimental studies with the squirrel monkey, was observed in the arms of one of the semicircular canals. These observations are further confirmation that otologic disorders can be a serious threat to divers.
Report Number
85-P-09 — Research Paper
Date of publication
01 Jan 1985
Number of Pages
9
Reprinted from
Undersea Biomedical Research, vol 12, no 1, 1985, p 77-84
DSTKIM No
85-02417
CANDIS No
47217
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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