J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  2010 Jul;37(4):461-464.

Treatment of Severe Blepharoptosis after Blow Out Fracture

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chosun University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea. jyyang@chosun.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
Blepharoptosis can result from either congenital or acquired causes. Blow out fracture or facial bone fracture including blow out fracture can be one of the causes. Authors experienced 3 cases of severe blepharoptosis after blow out fracture treated only with observation after reduction of associated fracture.
METHODS
Reconstruction of orbital wall was conducted on all cases diagnosed as blow out fracture using 3 dimensional computed tomography, and conservative treatment was done on accompanying severe blepharoptosis.
RESULTS
At the time of injury, all cases showed severe blepharoptosis requiring frontalis muscle transfer for correction. But blepharoptosis was recovered in an average of 18 weeks without any surgical procedure except reconstruction of orbital wall.
CONCLUSION
Once Blepharoptosis occurred after blow out fracture, thorough evaluation must be done at first. If definitive cause of blepahroptisis cannot be found as authors' cases, injury of oculomotor nerve may result in blepharoptosis. So, as for blepharoptosis after blow out fracture, conservative treatment following reconstruction of fractured orbital wall can be one of good management.

Keyword

Blow out fracture; Blepharoptosis

MeSH Terms

Blepharoptosis
Facial Bones
Muscles
Oculomotor Nerve
Orbit
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