Complications of surgery for orbital tumors

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 1992;8(2):88-93. doi: 10.1097/00002341-199206000-00002.


Orbital tumors represent a small but significant portion of ophthalmologic surgery, and few reports of the associated complications are available. This retrospective review was undertaken to assess the overall complication rate of a large series of orbital tumors, as well as to determine possible risk factors that may guide surgeons in the future. There were 137 orbital tumors managed by a total of 14 surgeons at one hospital during a 7-year period. There was an overall 12.4% complication rate (17/137), affecting only 3 of 97 anterior orbitotomies (3%), but 14 of 40 lateral orbitotomies (35%). The location appeared to be the most significant factor, with the majority of complications associated with intraconal tumors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orbit / surgery
  • Orbital Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Suture Techniques
  • Vision Disorders / etiology