Peri-orbital surgical emphysema following functional endoscopic sinus surgery, during extubation.
ABSTRACT We present a case of peri-orbital surgical emphysema following functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), due to extubation with simultaneous manual inhalation with a closed expiratory valve. This complication has not been previously reported in association with general anaesthetic and FESS. Patients undergoing FESS are advised against nose blowing. However, we recommend that the anaesthetist working with a surgeon who performs FESS should also be warned not to use manual inhalation with a closed expiratory valve while extubating, as this can cause peri-orbital surgical emphysema.
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ABSTRACT: A 41-year-old woman underwent endoscopic sinus surgery and 24 hours later, she developed acute orbital emphysema with marked vision loss. CT showed disruption of the inferior aspect of the medial wall of the orbit with fat herniation. She was immediately treated with the application of bedside palmar pressure to the globe with complete return of her vision without the need for a needle aspiration or orbital decompression. Weeks later, the patient experienced 2 more episodes of transient monocular visual loss that were again successfully treated with the same palmar pressure. Bedside digital decompression may be a potentially helpful method of restoring vision in cases of orbital emphysema with acute vision loss. We advise attempting this simple bedside procedure before committing the patient to a more invasive needle aspiration or surgical decompressive procedure.Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 01/2008; 24(2):150-2. · 0.67 Impact Factor