Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 175--177

Delayed orbital emphysema mimicking orbital cellulitis: An uncommon complication of dental surgery


Jessica R Chang1, Fatemeh Rajaii2, Timothy J McCulley2 
1 Department of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Timothy J McCulley
600 N Wolfe St., Wilmer Eye Institute, Woods Building 457, Baltimore, MD 21287
USA

A 79-year-old man presented to the ophthalmology clinic with acute-onset left orbital and periorbital swelling, 6 days following surgery to revise a zygomatic implant to anchor his dentures. On evaluation, there was left eye proptosis with ipsilateral facial crepitus. Emphysema was confirmed on computed tomography. With visual function and motility remaining intact, he was observed without intervention. Within 2 weeks, his evaluation returned to baseline. Periorbital emphysema is a rare complication of dental procedures. Awareness of this potential complication enables timely diagnosis and avoidance of unnecessary therapy.


How to cite this article:
Chang JR, Rajaii F, McCulley TJ. Delayed orbital emphysema mimicking orbital cellulitis: An uncommon complication of dental surgery.Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2019;26:175-177


How to cite this URL:
Chang JR, Rajaii F, McCulley TJ. Delayed orbital emphysema mimicking orbital cellulitis: An uncommon complication of dental surgery. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 18 ];26:175-177
Available from: http://www.meajo.org/article.asp?issn=0974-9233;year=2019;volume=26;issue=3;spage=175;epage=177;aulast=Chang;type=0