Unilateral Blindness After Septoplasty
Septoplasty is a frequently performed procedure with mostly minor complications. Nevertheless, it may lead to serious complications.
The authors present a 29-year-old patient admitted to their hospital 10 days after septoplasty in another institution. He suffered a total loss of vision immediately after the surgery.
High-resolution computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a direct trauma of the optic canal and an inflamed and edematous optic nerve. Even though a successful endoscopic optic nerve was performed, the patient's loss of vision did not improve after the surgery.
Blindness after septoplasty is an extremely rare but a devastating complication. There are only few patients that indicates the optic nerve injury caused by a direct trauma.