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Facial nerve palsy associated with underwater barotrauma.
  1. T. R. Whelan
  1. Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK.


    This report describes a case of facial nerve palsy following barotitis media sustained at shallow depth. The neuropraxia is likely to have been due to the direct effect of pressure, facilitated by a congenital hiatus in the bony canal protecting the facial nerve in the middle ear.

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