Traumatic displacement of the globe into the ethmoid sinus

Am J Ophthalmol. 2000 Aug;130(2):253-4. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(00)00505-5.


Purpose: To describe displacement of the globe into the ethmoid sinus after an orbital trauma.

Method: Case report. A 58-year-old man sustained trauma of the left eye and orbit, which resulted in displacement of the globe into the ethmoid sinus. One day after injury, surgery was performed to restore the intact globe into position within the orbit.

Results: After operation, the globe held in its anatomical site, and 10 months after surgery the visual acuity was 20/100, slight pallor of the optic disk was present, and there was no limitation of the horizontal and vertical ductions.

Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first case of traumatic displacement of the globe into the ethmoid sinus with satisfactory restoration of normal globe position and preservation of vision.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls
  • Conjunctiva / surgery
  • Ethmoid Sinus / injuries*
  • Eye Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Eye Injuries / surgery
  • Eye Movements
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging*
  • Joint Dislocations / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oculomotor Muscles / surgery
  • Orbit / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbit / injuries*
  • Orbit / surgery
  • Orbital Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Orbital Diseases / surgery
  • Prolapse
  • Skull Fractures / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skull Fractures / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Visual Acuity