Ocular Perfusion following Orbital Apex Exenteration

Ryan A. Gallo, Nathan Pirakitikulr, David T. Tse, Andrew J. Rong

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A 68-year-old man with a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus and kidney transplantation on chronic immunosuppression presented with right-sided proptosis and vision loss. He was hospitalized 4 months prior for invasive sinus aspergillosis. MRI revealed abnormal enhancement in the right orbital apex, inferior medial right orbit, anterior cranial fossa floor, and anterior aspect of the falx cerebri. The patient was successfully managed with extensive sinus surgery, bifrontal craniotomy with resection of dura, cribriform plate resection, and a right orbital apex exenteration. The globe and anterior orbital structures were preserved to cover the large surgical sinodural-orbital defect and avoid complex reconstructive surgery. Orbital perfusion was maintained by exploiting the robust anastomoses between branches of external carotid and ophthalmic artery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E85-E88
JournalOphthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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