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Visual diagnosis in emergency medicine: retrobulbar haemorrhage
  1. Stephanie Haddad,
  2. Barry Hahn
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Barry Hahn, Department of Emergency Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, 475 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305, USA; barryjhahn{at}

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An elderly patient on Coumadin presented to the emergency department one day after left eye surgery. She complained of orbital pain and vision loss. On examination there was eyelid ecchymoses, chemosis and proptosis (figure 1). There was complete vision loss with preservation of light sense. The patient went to the operating room for emergent decompressive surgery. She regained full vision in her eye. …

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