[Computed tomographic assessment of orbital fractures in traumatic damage of the optic nerve]

Rofo. 1990 Feb;152(2):185-90. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1046848.
[Article in German]


Ten patients with orbital fractures and optic nerve trauma are reported. Fractures of the optic canal could be demonstrated by computed tomography in six cases and fractures of the orbital apex in another three cases. Surgical decompression of the optic canal was performed in seven cases. Computed tomography enhanced decision for surgery in cases of intraorbital haematoma with exophthalmus and narrowing of the canal by bony fragments, especially in those patients presenting with incomplete or progressive visual disturbance.

MeSH terms

  • Emergencies
  • Hematoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Hematoma / etiology
  • Humans
  • Optic Nerve / diagnostic imaging
  • Optic Nerve Injuries*
  • Orbit / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Fractures / complications
  • Orbital Fractures / diagnostic imaging*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Skull Fractures / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skull Fractures / etiology
  • Sphenoid Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Sphenoid Bone / injuries
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*