Ocular and cerebral infarction from periocular filler injection

Zubair A. Ansari, Catherine J. Choi, Andrew J. Rong, Benjamin P. Erickson, David Tse

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A 20-year-old woman presented with loss of vision in her right eye and a “black nose” after receiving hyaluronic acid filler injections in her right glabella 1 month prior. Her vision was no light perception, and external examination revealed resolving skin necrosis at the nasal tip. A dilated fundus exam showed a fibrotic membrane emanating from a pale optic nerve and a diffusely atrophic retina with sclerotic vessels. An MRI demonstrated scattered right-sided parietal lobe infarcts. These findings were consistent with inadvertent cannulation of the supraorbital artery, followed by injection of filler into the internal carotid circulation. The product traveled in a retrograde fashion, occluding the right ophthalmic artery, right dorsal nasal artery, and arterial segments to the Circle of Willis. This case highlights the importance of understanding the complex vascular architecture of the periorbita and the mechanism by which such occlusions occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOrbit (London)
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • cerebral artery occlusion
  • dermal filler
  • filler complication
  • hyaluronic acid
  • Ophthalmic artery occlusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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