Podcast #95: Orbital Fractures

832aa7b9-fa84-4f5a-aedb-48834d8d34b6Run Time: 7 minutes

Author: Dr. Sam Killian

Educational Pearls:

  • Blunt trauma to the face is associated approximately 60% of the time with an orbital fracture – the most common type is called a blowout fracture.
  • The bones of the orbit are softer and weaker – blunt trauma dissipates energy throughout the eyeball complex so that the force is not just absorbed by the globe of the eyeball – acting like a crumple zone on a car.
  • Medial wall and floor are weakest parts – which is where the majority of orbital fractures occur – lateral wall and orbital rim fractures are associated with higher impact force.
  • Biggest complications with orbital fractures are to the globe itself such as an open globe or significant vision loss– this is the time to consult a facial surgeon emergently.
  • Most orbital fractures will heal on their own – 95% of all orbital fractures can be followed up and managed as an outpatient.

Link to Podcast:  http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/orbital-fractures/

References:  http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/867985-overview

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