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Injury. 2001 Dec;32(10):745-7.

'Raccoon eyes' (periorbital haematoma) as a sign of skull base fracture.

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  • 1Medical Legal Institute, Rua João de Souza # 119, 05587-210, SP, São Paulo, Brazil.


This is a study of the relationship between skull base fracture and the raccoon eyes sign in a prospective study in cadavers. Fifty cadavers were analysed with cranio encephalic trauma and skull base fracture or the raccoon eyes sign. Both conditions were present in 24 (48.0%) cases. The association was significantly higher in cases with a frontal basal fracture and epidural haematoma. The raccoon eyes sign is easily recognised and can be associated with basal fractures.

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