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Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Sep;20(5):394-5.

Massive periorbital emphysema associated with laparoscopic nephrectomy.

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  • 1Lions Eye Institute, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York 12208, USA.


A 63-year-old man presented with marked swelling and inability to open the left eye immediately after laparoscopic nephrectomy for a left renal mass. A diagnosis of periorbital emphysema was made, and within 3 days, the emphysema spontaneously improved. This case demonstrates that periorbital emphysema, a rare condition, can be a benign complication of laparoscopic nephrectomy.

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