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J Emerg Med. 2002 Apr;22(3):251-6.

Traumatic retrobulbar hemorrhage: emergent decompression by lateral canthotomy and cantholysis.

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  • 1Department of Surgery/Division of Emergency Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, New York, USA.


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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