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November 1972

Otolaryngologic Problems of Skin and Scuba Diving

Author Affiliations

San Diego, Calif
From the University of California at San Diego, School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(5):407-411. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090639003

Skin and scuba diving are increasing rapidly in popularity. Both involve occasional injury. Most of these injuries fall into the realm of the otolaryngologist. The causes are pressure, prolonged immersion, and temperature change. The most frequent injuries involve the ears. Otitis externa, tympanic membrane perforation, and inner ear damage can result. Severe epistaxis is at times a complication.