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Niger Postgrad Med J. 2018 Oct-Dec;25(4):264-266. doi: 10.4103/npmj.npmj_113_18.

Spontaneous globe rupture in a blind glaucomatous eye: A report of three cases.

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Department of Ophthalmology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.


This paper aims to report cases of spontaneous globe rupture in the blind eyes of three elderly patients with end-stage glaucoma some of which were possibly structurally compromised with topical traditional eye medications and steroids. These patients presented to the ophthalmology department of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital with a history of bleeding from one of their eyes and no antecedent history of trauma. They were known glaucoma patients who were blind with previously recorded high intraocular pressures. Evisceration was performed for two of the cases while enucleation was performed for one shortly after presentation.


Blind eye; enucleation; evisceration; glaucoma; globe rupture; suprachoroidal haemorrhage

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