Korean J Ophthalmol.  2003 Dec;17(2):149-153. 10.3341/kjo.2003.17.2.149.

A case of blowout fracture of the orbital wall with eyeball entrapped within the ethmoid sinus

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Dankook University Medical School & Hospital, Cheonan, Chungnam, Korea.

Abstract

Blowout fractures, fractures of an orbital wall, are a common result of orbital injury. The author has experienced a case of a 66-year-old man who sustained a blowout fracture of the orbital wall with his intact eyeball entrapped within the ethmoid sinus. After undergoing a successful reduction surgery, the eyeball was repositioned to its original position, but the patient lost extraocular motility as well as vision. The final visual acuity was perception of light as a result of traumatic optic nerve injury and secondary retinal ischemia.

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