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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 247-249

Transconjunctival orbital emphysema caused by compressed air injury: A case report

Department of Ophthalmology, St. Johns Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Sunu Mathew
Department of Ophthalmology, St. Johns Medical College Hospital, Bangalore - 560 034, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.40371

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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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