Blow-out fracture of the orbit associated with inflation of an airbag: a case report

Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1997 Aug;35(4):241-2. doi: 10.1016/s0266-4356(97)90040-1.


We report a case of blow-out fracture of the orbit in a 37-year-old woman which was caused by deployment of an airbag following collision with a stationary vehicle whilst travelling at 30 m.p.h. The fracture did not become evident until she blew her nose some hours later. She was treated with antibiotics orally and made a full and complete recovery. Therefore, refinements in the design of airbags are warranted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adult
  • Air Bags / adverse effects*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Orbital Fractures / etiology*