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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 235209, 3 pages
Case Report

Blunt Facial Trauma Causing Isolated Optic Nerve Hematoma

Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, University of Alberta, and Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5H 3V9

Received 25 October 2012; Accepted 1 January 2013

Academic Editors: E. Kapsalaki, A. V. Khaw, and D. Tsetis

Copyright © 2013 R. Parab et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Traumatic optic neuropathy is an uncommon, yet serious, result of facial trauma. The authors present a novel case of a 59-year-old gentleman who presented with an isolated blunt traumatic left optic nerve hematoma causing vision loss. There were no other injuries or fractures to report. This case highlights the importance of early recognition of this rare injury and reviews the current literature and management of traumatic optic neuropathy.