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Title: Transconjunctival orbital emphysema caused by compressed air injury: a case report.
Authors: Mathew, Sunu
Vasu, Usha
Francis, Febson
Nazareth, Colin
Issue Date: 18-May-2008
Citation: Mathew S, Vasu U, Francis F, Nazareth C. Transconjunctival orbital emphysema caused by compressed air injury: a case report. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2008 May-Jun; 56(3): 247-9
Abstract: Orbital emphysema following conjunctival tear in the absence of orbital wall fracture, caused by air under pressure is rare. Usually orbital emphysema is seen in facial trauma associated with damage to the adjacent paranasal sinuses or facial bones. To the best of our knowledge, there have been only eight reports of orbital emphysema following use of compressed air during industrial work. The air under pressure is pushed through the subconjunctival space into the subcutaneous and retrobulbar spaces. We present here a rare cause of orbital emphysema in a young man working with compressed air gun. Although the emphysema was severe, there were no orbital bone fracture and the visual recovery of the patient was complete without attendant complications.
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