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Subacute phase treatment of subperiosteal hematoma of the orbit with epidural hematoma in the frontal cranial fossa: Case report

Taro Mikami*, Jiro Maegawa, Mayu Mutou Kuroda, Yasushi Yamamoto and Kazunori Yasumura

Author Affiliations

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Yokohama City University Hospital, Fukuura 3-9, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, 236-0004, Japan

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BMC Ophthalmology 2012, 12:18  doi:10.1186/1471-2415-12-18

Published: 28 June 2012



Subperiosteal hematoma of the orbit is one of the rare lesions that cause exophthalmos after craniomaxillofacial trauma. Presently, there is no consensus for how to treat this disease. Although some reports have suggested a conservative type of therapy, others have recommended surgical treatments be done during the early stages.

Case presentation

This case report provides details on the clinical course of a 9-year-old girl with subperiosteal hematoma of the orbit. In this particular patient, a rare case of ipsilateral subfrontal extradural hematoma was also observed. Due to our performing the surgical intervention during the subacute stage, functional complications as well as cosmetic problems were avoided.


Our results demonstrate that surgical treatments for subperiosteal hematoma of the orbit should be delayed until it can be confirmed that a patient has no other complications. On the other hand, once it has been confirmed that the patient has no other existing problems, immediate surgical therapy with a small skin incision followed by the setting of a drain is recommended in order to achieve an early resolution and avoid complications.

Subperiosteal hematoma of the orbit; surgery; subacute stage; subfrontal extradural hematoma