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Orbital emphysema following nose blowing as a sequel of a snowboard related head injury
  1. Y Taguchi1,
  2. Y Sakakibara1,
  3. K Uchida1,
  4. H Kishi2
  1. 1Division of Neurosurgery, St Marianna University, Yokohama City Seibu Hospital, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  2. 2Division of Neurosurgery, Asao General Hospital, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Yoshio Taguchi
 Division of Neurosurgery, St Marianna University Yokohama City Seibu Hospital, 1197-1 Yasashi-cho, Asahi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 241-0811, Japan; ytaguchi{at}


A case of orbital emphysema as a sequel of a snowboard related head injury is reported. It is believed that a fracture of the medial orbital wall was caused by the increased intraorbital pressure when the patient hit his forehead on the snowy ground, allowing air to enter the orbit when he blew his nose. Wearing goggles may prevent this type of sports related injury.

  • Snowboard injury
  • orbital fracture

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