Retrobulbar Haematoma secondary to blunt eye injury is a a rare but potentially sight threatening injury.
Blood collects in the retrobulbar space
Pushing the eye forward to accommodate the extra volume.
The Orbital Septum (made up of the eyelids and ligaments that attach them to the orbital rim) restricts this forward movement, creating a compartment syndrome for the eye. Thus threatening the patients sight if not treated quickly.
Exophthalmos with proptosis – eye pushed forward
Internal ophthalmoplegia – impairment or loss of the pupillary reflex.
Loss of vision – initially colour vision, progressing to local visual loss.
However, this may only be recognised on CT if there is significant facial injury and altered conscious level.
Call Ophthalmology immediately to attend. If there is going to be any significant delay, it may be necessary for ED to preform a Lateral Canthotomy, to allow the eye to move forward, reduce the orbital pressure & preserve the patients sight.
On the 8th of May we are changing our current troponin test to a HS-Trop (high sensitivity troponin). This will allow us to exclude ACS earlier in the patient journey, however it does mean getting used to new numbers and a new protocol. Read more
On rare occasions you may receive a pre-alert, where you want blood available for the patient when they arrive (for example in major haemorrhage). This process has been agreed with transfusion so this can be done safely and responsibly. Read more