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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 883--884

Eye in the brain

Manjul Tripathi1, Nagesh Varshney2, Aman Batish1, Sandeep Mohindra1,  
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Asha Brain and Spine Centre, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Manjul Tripathi
Department of Neurosurgery, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012

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Tripathi M, Varshney N, Batish A, Mohindra S. Eye in the brain.Neurol India 2018;66:883-884

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Tripathi M, Varshney N, Batish A, Mohindra S. Eye in the brain. Neurol India [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 6 ];66:883-884
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Orbital injury with secondary involvement of the brain is a potentially serious condition demanding urgent surgical repair. Neglected injuries may present with complications leading to significant morbidity such as cerebrospinal fluid orbitorrhoea, tension pneumocephalus, carotid cavernous fistulas, intracranial hematoma, subperiosteal orbital hematoma, orbital encephalocele, blepharocele, and vision loss.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5] However, posttraumatic globe herniation inside anterior cranial fossa is an unreported complication, which would need immediate repair.

A 5-year old girl was brought to the emergency department following a road traffic accident. On examination, she was drowsy and did not cooperate for visual evaluation because of painful periorbital edema [Figure 1]a. CT scan of the head revealed right orbital roof fracture with complete herniation of eyeball inside the anterior cranial fossa beneath the right frontal lobe [Figure 1]b with significant periglobal edema. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain revealed the herniated eyeball [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d and injury to the right optic nerve [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d. The parents did not consent for a transcranial surgery despite being explained the risks and prognosis of the conservative management and left against medical advice.{Figure 1}

Orbital roof fractures after blunt craniofacial injuries are uncommon entities. These fractures usually lead to orbital encephalocele, causing raised intracranial pressure (ICP) and optic nerve damage.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5] Decompression of the orbital roof with bony reconstruction avoids transmission of raised ICP inside the orbit. This case is the first of its kind as the entire globe had herniated inside the brain following a blunt injury to the eye. The possible pathophysiology might be sudden rise in intraorbital pressure following blunt injury to the eye. An associated bony fracture or congenital defect at the skull base may facilitate the reverse herniation of the eye inside the cranial compartment.

Although the eye cannot be salvaged in such a case, early surgical intervention is warranted to prevent secondary insults in the form of intracranial hematoma, edema, and sympathetic ophthalmitis. This case highlights the need for the organisation of social security services in every hospital, which may help in counselling of the parents, to facilitate treatment of the patients (especially in the case of minor children or unconscious patients), who cannot take decisions for their treatment.

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