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June 1980

Blindness Following Frontal Sinus IrrigationReport of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Section of Otolaryngology, the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (Drs Thompson and Kohut), and Divisions of Otolaryngology (Drs Niccole and Passy) and Ophthalmology (Dr Wong), University of California, Irvine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(6):358-360. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790300046009

• Visual loss is a rare and dreaded complication of surgical procedures of the paranasal sinuses. A case of sudden unilateral blindness following irrigation of the frontal sinus is presented and the presumptive pathophysiology is discussed. An awareness of this potential complication as well as early diagnosis with prompt medical and surgical management are essential.

(Arch Otolaryngol 106:358-360, 1980)