Oman Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 407--408

Eye gangrene following traumatic enucleation

Amin Zand 
 Eye Research Center, The Five Senses Institute, Rassoul Akram Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Amin Zand
Eye Research Center, Rassoul Akram Hospital, Sattarkhan-Niaiesh St., Tehran 1445613131


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The patient was a 26-year-old female who had suffered an accelerated–decelerated trauma to the head and neck in a car accident the previous day. She had severe left facial soft tissue injury and Le Fort II left maxillofacial fracture. The left globe was protruded and became completely gangrenous outside the orbit. The protruded globe did not have any obvious lacerations [Figure 1]. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 20/25 in the right eye with no light perception in the left. Further examination of the right eye was not remarkable. Orbital computed tomography scans showed traumatic enucleation of the left eye. The globe was intact and completely avulsed from other structures, including the optic nerve, extraocular muscles, ophthalmic vessels, and connective tissues with complete anterior globe protrusion [Figure 2]. After her condition had become stable, the globe and a segment of avulsed optic nerve were removed. She was treated with oral ciprofloxacin and prednisolone 50 mg/day tapered gradually. Traumatic enucleation implies complete avulsion of the eye globe with disruption of the optic nerve and all extraocular muscles following any kind of trauma.[1] I hypothesized that a high-energy trauma resulting fascial bones fractures and severe deceleration led to this situation.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

The term “gangrene” is used to describe the black necrosis of the whole globe tissue due to the lack of any blood supplies after the complete enucleation (defined as dry gangrene). The patient did not have any additional risk factors to accelerate the gangrene process, including immunosuppression, diabetes mellitus, systemic vascular diseases, and globe laceration (a route for entrance of microorganisms to the globe especially of Clostridium perfringens, resulting in gas gangrene infection, defined as wet gangrene).[2],[3]

Reported cases of accidental traumatic enucleation are rare.[4],[5] To my knowledge, accidental traumatic enucleation with the aforementioned manifestations including rapid eye gangrene has not previously been reported.

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