Sight-threatening orbital emphysema treated with needle decompression

Mandeep Singh, Vanessa Mae Phua, Gangadhara Sundar

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Orbital emphysema is rare in the absence of trauma, and is unlikely to result in visual loss. The authors describe a patient with no prior trauma who presented with decreased vision and increased intraocular pressure due to severe orbital emphysema after a sneeze. Computed tomography revealed subcutaneous emphysema of the lid and extraconal air in the orbit. Emergency needle decompression resulted in improvement in vision and intraocular pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-387
Number of pages2
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Blurred vision
  • Orbit
  • Orbital disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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