Unilateral Blindness After Septoplasty

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Abstract

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.

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