Spontaneous globe subluxation in a patient with hyperemesis gravidarum: a case report and review of the literature

J Emerg Med. 2007 Apr;32(3):285-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2006.12.012. Epub 2007 Mar 9.


Globe subluxation, or anterior dislocation of the eyeball, is rarely encountered by emergency physicians. We report a case of subluxation of the globe secondary to severe vomiting followed by a discussion of globe subluxation, potential causes, procedure for reduction, and treatment for recurrent episodes. Early treatment by emergency physicians may prevent long-term complications and limit patient discomfort and anxiety.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Eye Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum*
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Dislocations / etiology*
  • Joint Dislocations / therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed