Management of retrobulbar hematoma

Matthew A. Tyler, Martin J. Citardi, William C. Yao

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Retrobulbar hemorrhage is regarded as one of the most feared conditions in otolaryngology—its onset can be rapid and can result in irreversible blindness. While a rare occurrence, the otolaryngologist should be compulsive about recognizing this entity, as he or she may be faced with managing this condition either as a consultant, or as one of his or her personal surgical complications. Regardless, prompt recognition and swift action can prevent catastrophic visual loss. This article presents a stepwise discussion of the surgical management of retrobulbar hematoma. Specifically, we discuss lateral canthotomy, cantholysis, and endoscopic orbital decompression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-212
Number of pages5
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • lateral canthotomy
  • orbital decompression
  • retrobulbar hematoma
  • sinus surgery complication


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