Orbital Emphysema From Vigorous Sneezing
This page was last updated on: October 4, 2014
Orbital swelling and proptosis from vigorous sneezing.  Air escaped into the orbit through a "reverse" medial blow-out fracture of the lamina papyracea, resulting in orbital emphysema. 

The axial CT scan film (right) shows air in the orbit and a mild proptosis.

Orbital emphysema could also happen after surgery on the ethmoid sinuses.  In some instances, the orbital contents might move back and forth with respiration.
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