Traumatic retrobulbar hemorrhage: emergent decompression by lateral canthotomy and cantholysis

Susi Vassallo, Morris Hartstein, David Howard, Jessica Stetz
Journal of Emergency Medicine 2002, 22 (3): 251-6
Traumatic retrobulbar hemorrhage may result in acute loss of vision that is reversible when recognized and treated promptly. A case of traumatic retrobulbar hemorrhage is presented. The technique of emergent orbital decompression by lateral canthotomy and cantholysis is described. The anatomy of the lateral canthus and the surgical procedure are illustrated by gross dissection.

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