AEROTITIS MEDIA IN SUBMARINE RECRUITS
Research rept. (Interim)
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL CENTER GROTON CT
Pagination or Media Count:
In order to evaluate the predisposing factors, the results, and possible sequelae of aerotitis media as encountered among submarine recruits during their physical qualification for submarine training, 432 such candidates were studied as they underwent pressurization in a dry-cylinder tank. Among these men, 156, or 36.2 per cent, developed aerotitis following pressurization. Upper-respiratory infection was shown to predispose a man to development of aerotitis also predisposing were the inability to insufflate the middle ear, and the presence of nasal allergies. The presence of adenoidal tissue andor dental malocclusion did not appear directly related. Recommendations are made concerning the medical handling of pressurized groups, and methods of reducing the effects of the noise that accompanies the pressurization process.
- Medicine and Medical Research