Bilateral periorbital and cervicofacial emphysema following retinal surgery and fluid gas exchange in a case of inadvertent globe perforation

Abstract

Surgical emphysema is defined as gas or air trapped in the subcutaneous tissue plane. Here, we report a rare case of bilateral periorbital and cervicofacial subcutaneous emphysema following a vitreoretinal surgery for inadvertent globe perforation during the administration of peribulbar anesthesia. This condition, although self-resolving when restricted to the subcutaneous plane has the potential to spread into deeper tissue planes such as the retropharyngeal space. The presence of crepitus helps to distinguish it from angioneurotic edema. Ophthalmologists must be sensitive to the fact that surgical emphysema can be a very rare, but possible complication of an intraocular surgery following globe perforation.

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.162615

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@inproceedings{Asnani2015BilateralPA, title={Bilateral periorbital and cervicofacial emphysema following retinal surgery and fluid gas exchange in a case of inadvertent globe perforation}, author={Haresh T Asnani and Vinod C Mehta and Akshay Gopinathan Nair and Vandana Jain}, booktitle={Indian journal of ophthalmology}, year={2015} }