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Case Reports and Small Case Series
August 1999

Intracerebral Air Caused by Conjunctival Laceration With Air Hose

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(8):1090-1091. doi:

Air compressor injuries have been implicated in numerous reported cases of facial and eye trauma. Severe facial trauma may result in fracture of the orbits or sinuses, leading to the accumulation of air within the orbit or even within the brain.1 We report a case in which trauma to the conjunctiva (without compromise of the skull, bony orbits, or sinuses) led to accumulation of air within the brain.

A healthy 47-year-old white man was disconnecting an air compressor hose (120 psi) when the free end suddenly popped off and struck him in the right eye. The patient complained of severe pain and experienced swelling of the eyelids and bleeding from the eye socket. He was evaluated in the emergency department.