J Rhinol.  2009 May;16(1):72-74.

A Case of Orbital Medial Wall Fracture in a Pilot

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Gil Medical Center, Gachon Medical School, Incheon, Korea. eyik@naver.com

Abstract

Incidences of blowout fractures have increased due to rapid industrialization and rise in violent crimes. However, there have been few studies on the proper follow-up guidelines or protocol after reduction of the orbital wall for patients working in a high atmospheric pressure environment. We have experienced a pilot with an orbital medial wall fracture who underwent reduction through an endoscopic approach. The patient underwent the Valsalva maneuver and scan of paranasal sinuses 8 weeks after reduction. Emphysema did not occur in the orbit even after the Valsalva maneuver and he was able to return to his workplace without any complications. We report this case with a brief review of the literature.

Keyword

Orbital medial wall fracture; Atmospheric pressure change; Pilot
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