Paranasal sinus endoscopy and orbital fracture repair

John J. Woog, Morris E. Hartstein, Richard Gliklich

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Abstract

Although excellent results may be achieved in the management of many orbital floor injuries with standard transconjunctival or transcutaneous approaches, visualization of the posterior edge of the orbital floor or medial wall defect may be challenging at times. We describe our experience using endoscopic examination of the orbital floor through maxillary sinus approaches during the repair of selected orbital floor fractures. Owing to the posterosuperior angulation of the orbital floor, these approaches allow better visualization of the posterior edge of fractures involving the posterior portion of the orbital floor than do the standard transconjunctival approaches, and they facilitate confirmation that all orbital soft tissues have been elevated from the fracture site. We have used these techniques successfully in 9 patients with fractures involving either the posterior portion of the orbital floor or the medial wall or both.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-691
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Volume116
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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