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July 1971

Optic Atrophy Following Caldwell-Luc Procedure

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, New York. Dr. Griffiths was a fellow in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(1):15-18. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010017004

Two reports of cases are presented in which the patients had a Caldwell-Luc procedure with irrigation and packing of the maxillary antrum for treatment of chronic maxillary sinusitis. Both developed complications in the immediate postoperative period which resulted in complete optic atrophy, enophthalmos, ptosis of the globe, and complete restriction of the extraocular muscle function which is similar to the findings of a complicated blowout fracture of the orbit. The possible mechanisms of this complication are discussed.

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