Clinical features and management of posttraumatic subperiosteal hematoma of the orbit

Indian J Ophthalmol. Jan-Feb 2011;59(1):55-8. doi: 10.4103/0301-4738.73721.


Traumatic subperiosteal hematoma (SpH) usually presents late, after the initial trauma. It is generally seen in young males. Computed tomography is the best mode of imaging and helps to rule out orbital fracture or associated subdural hematoma. We present the clinical features and management of four patients seen at the orbit clinic with SpH. Management is based on time of presentation, visual acuity and any communicating bleed. The prognosis of traumatic SpH is excellent if treated with an individualized patient approach.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Eye Movements
  • Female
  • Hematoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Hematoma / etiology*
  • Hematoma / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orbit / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbit / injuries*
  • Orbital Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Diseases / etiology*
  • Orbital Diseases / physiopathology
  • Periosteum*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Visual Acuity