Orbital emphysema: a potentially blinding complication following orbital fractures.

  title={Orbital emphysema: a potentially blinding complication following orbital fractures.},
  author={David R Jordan and George L. White and Richard Lee Anderson and S M Thiese},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  volume={17 8},
A case of visual loss due to orbital emphysema secondary to a blow-out fracture of the orbit is presented. Because vision returned to 20/20 following an optic nerve decompression procedure, we hypothesize that our patient developed a compressive optic neuropathy with ischemia due to the emphysema. Essential instructions concerning the injury that the emergency physician should give the patient suffering an orbital blow-out are also presented. 


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