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ISRN Otolaryngology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 791068, 4 pages
Research Article

Periorbital Ecchymosis and Subconjunctival Hemorrhage following Ear Surgery

Sinus and Endoscopic Surgery Research Center, Qaem Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad 9176699199, Iran

Received 12 August 2013; Accepted 11 September 2013

Academic Editors: S. I. Ishimoto and S. K. Kim

Copyright © 2013 Mohsen Rajati 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.


Objective. To evaluate the occurrence of two periorbital complications of surgery for Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media (CSOM) and discuss the potential pathophysiologic mechanisms. Materials and Methods. This is a retrospective review of the CSOM surgeries performed between Oct, 2005, and Jan, 2011, in our hospital. The early postoperative conditions of the patients were scrutinized to identify periorbital ecchymosis and subconjunctival hemorrhage. Results. Eight cases out of 756 patients were noted to have periorbital ecchymosis, and two of the patients also had simultaneous subconjunctival hemorrhage. All cases in which the complications occurred had undergone tympanoplasty, and in three patients mastoidectomy had also been performed. The age of the affected patients ranged from 24 to 70 years old. In all of them the condition ensued the day after the surgery and became better within 5 to 10 days. Complete recovery took approximately 1 month. Conclusion. Periorbital ecchymosis and subconjunctival hemorrhage are rare but safe complications of ear surgeries. The conditions are self-limiting and no management is necessary.