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Orbital fractures in the emergency department: a review of early assessment and management
  1. S N Delpachitra1,
  2. B B Rahmel2
  1. 1University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  2. 2Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, The Townsville Hospital, Douglas, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr S N Delpachitra, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia; sethdelpac{at}


Orbital fractures are a common, potentially vision-threatening presentation to an emergency department. Appropriate early management and referral by the emergency medicine practitioner has a significant role in preventing cosmetic and functional sequelae of orbital trauma. In this paper, we review the emergency, non-specialist management of traumatic injuries to the orbit.

  • emergency department management
  • maxillo-facial
  • Trauma, head
  • ophthalmology

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