Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 1264-

Unilateral enophthalmos

Grace L Su, Sara E Lally, Carol L Shields 
 Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Dr. Carol L Shields
Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, 840 Walnut Street, Suite 1440, Philadelphia, PA - 19107-5109

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Su GL, Lally SE, Shields CL. Unilateral enophthalmos.Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1264-1264

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Su GL, Lally SE, Shields CL. Unilateral enophthalmos. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 3 ];67:1264-1264
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A 55-year-old Caucasian lady with a history of breast carcinoma noted increasing pain and pressure in the right eye (OD) for 1 year. She had an upper tooth dental implant about 1 year ago after which the symptoms started. On examination, best corrected visual acuity was 20/25 OD and 20/20 in the left eye (OS). Motility and color plates were full. There was no optic nerve edema or pallor in either eye (OU). There was 2 mm enophthalmos OD on Hertel exophthalmometry and no proptosis with and without Valsalva maneuver [Figure 1]a.{Figure 1}

 What is your Next Step?

Close monitoring with serial examinations every 3 monthsPerform orbital magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)Obtain blood work for inflammatory markersInitiate metastatic evaluation.


Computed tomography imaging was performed which showed curvilinear density of the right retrobulbar region confluent with the inferior rectus (IR) muscle, extending to the superior rectus (SR) complex [Figure 1]b. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a muscular band between the right IR and SR muscles OD [Figure 1]c. The patient was managed conservatively with repeat imaging ordered in 3 months.


Orbital bands.

 Correct Answer : B


Orbital bands—also known as supernumerary extraocular muscles—are anomalous muscle attachments between rectus muscles or a rectus muscle and the globe.[1] The etiology of these bands is unclear, but may represent extraocular muscle tissue that was never innervated or lost innervation during development.[2] The impact of the accessory bands depends upon the size and location, and can cause restrictive strabismus and globe retraction.[2] Other causes of enophthalmos must be ruled out. For asymptomatic patients, ocular management involves observation followed by serial imaging, preferentially orbital MRI coronal view T-1 and T-2 weighted images with/without fat suppression and surface coil for higher resolution.[3]

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