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Orbital emphysema in COPD with bronchopleural fistula

Authors Daya Upadhyay, Peter HS Sporn

Published 15 July 2007 Volume 2007:2(2) Pages 187—188


Daya Upadhyay1, Peter HS Sporn2

1Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, USA; 2Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA

Abstract: Orbital emphysema is usually a benign, self-limited condition. Intraorbital extension of the entrapped air in the absence of an orbital fracture is extremely rare. Although benign, a careful periodic monitoring of intraocular pressure, optic nerve examinations, and prompt management are warranted in order to prevent tension pneumoobitus secondary to increasing intraorbital pressure by the orbital air.

Keywords: COPD, orbital emphysema, tension pneumoorbitus

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