Barotraumatic vs. Barotrauma



Of or pertaining to barotrauma.


(pathology) Damage to body tissue caused by a difference in pressure between an air space in or near the body and the surrounding air.


Barotrauma is physical damage to body tissues caused by a difference in pressure between a gas space inside, or in contact with, the body, and the surrounding gas or fluid. The initial damage is usually due to over-stretching the tissues in tension or shear, either directly by expansion of the gas in the closed space or by pressure difference hydrostatically transmitted through the tissue.

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