Bloody Epiphora (Hemolacria) Years After Repair of Orbital Floor Fracture

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Abstract

Surgical repair of orbital fractures with implants is a widely used treatment modality. While a variety of established complications are associated with this technique, most are directly understood and treated. Bloody epiphora is a finding with potentially ominous causes. The authors present a unique case of bloody epiphora, accompanied by orbital hemorrhage arising several years after orbital floor fracture repair, due to erosion of the nasolacrimal drainage system by a displaced implant combined with anticoagulation. The collection and evaluation of all protected patient health information was compliant with the regulations and conditions set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Availability Act of 1996.

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