HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 25 no. 2 (2010)

Orbital Floor Fracture Reconstruction Using Conchal Auricular Cartilage Graft

Rubiliza DC Onofre | Rene Louie C. Gutierrez



Orbital wall fractures result from external impact injuries which cause an abrupt increase in intraorbital pressure.1 Patients usually present to the emergency room with periorbital swelling and limited eye movements, with or without changes in vision. Relatively common in the Philippines, these fractures are frequently caused by violent assault followed by vehicular accidents involving motorcycles.2 Among 119 maxillofacial trauma cases seen and treated by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the East Avenue Medical Center from 2008-2009, 42 were
diagnosed as cases of orbital fractures with 36% having concomitant involvement of the orbital floor. Various techniques in diagnosis and treatment developed in the past 20 years, each having its own strengths and weaknesses. The challenge of choosing which among these methods will best achieve the goals of function and aesthetics always confronts surgeons particularly in a developing country setting. We present a case of bilateral orbital floor fractures with diplopia repaired with conchal auricular cartilage graft in a 22-year-old female.