A Case of Pott's Puffy Tumor Associated with Barosinusitis from Scuba Diving

Ami Patel, Sharon Vuppula, Harrison Hayward, Anisa Lakhani, Jennifer Lighter*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Barosinusitis, or sinus barotrauma, is a well-described condition associated with changes in barometric pressure during flight and diving that can result in sinonasal mucosal injury. In this case report, we present an adolescent who experienced barosinusitis during scuba diving and subsequently developed Pott's puffy tumor (PPT), characterized by frontal sinusitis, frontal bone osteomyelitis, and overlying subperiosteal abscess. This unique case of PPT following scuba diving provides the opportunity to review the pathophysiology of both barotrauma-induced sinus disease and PPT, a rare and unreported serious complication of barosinusitis. Furthermore, we discuss how scuba diving and associated barosinusitis can be considered a risk factor in the development of PPT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E51-E54
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Pott's puffy tumor
  • barosinusitis
  • scuba diving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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