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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Jul 15;33(16):E569-72. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31817c55c2.

Ischemic orbital compartment syndrome after posterior spinal surgery.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kweishan, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

Case report.

OBJECTIVE:

To describe a patient with ischemic orbital compartment syndrome after undergoing spinal surgery in a prone position.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:

Ocular complications after nonocular surgery are devastating. The most common etiology is ischemic optic neuropathy. Orbital compartment syndrome with ischemic change is quite rare and urgent management is necessary.

METHODS:

Early diagnosis and surgical intervention was performed for ischemic compartment syndrome after posterior spinal surgery was done.

RESULTS:

Despite immediate management, the patient remained blind and ptotic 3 months after the injury.

CONCLUSION:

Understanding ocular complications after spinal surgery is vital. Although rare, but the most troublesome complication is ischemic orbital compartment syndrome.

PMID:
18628700
DOI:
10.1097/BRS.0b013e31817c55c2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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