Monday, October 1, 2007

VizD Challenge Week of 10/1/2007

A 53-year-old woman presents to your ED after tripping down a flight of steps. On exam you note marked swelling of her right orbit with proptosis of the right eye. You ask the patient to look to the side but she cannot move her eye.



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Questions:
1. What is the procedure being performed?
2. What is the most common reason to perform the procedure?
3. What complication are you trying to prevent in performing this procedure?



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6 comments:

Anh Nguyen said...

1. What is the procedure being performed?
Lateral Orbital Canthotomy

2. What is the most common reason to perform the procedure?
retrobulbar hemorrhage

3. What complication are you trying to prevent in performing this procedure?
blindness

Graham said...

1) Lateral Canthotomy
2) Trauma / Increased Intraocular Pressure
3) Vision Loss / Optic Nerve death

Anika said...

1. lateral canthotomy

2. retrobulbar hemorrhage

3. blindness (vision loss 2ry to increased orbital pressure)

Anika

Anika said...

1. lateral canthotomy

2. retrobulbar hemorrhage

3. blindness (2ry to increased intraorbital pressure)

Anika Baxter Tam

Anonymous said...

1. lateral canthotomy
2. retrobulbar hemorrhage
3. blindness (2ry to increased intraorbital pressure)

Anika Baxter Tam
abaxtertam@gmail.com

Joseph said...

1. lateral orbital canthotomy
2. retrobulbar hemorrhage
3. injury to the globe