The tear-drop sign: a trap door for the unwary?

Alistair R M Cobb, Rachna Murthy, Judi Saiet, B M W Bailey, Jane Hibbert

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We describe a patient who presented with features suggestive of an orbital blowout fracture. These were apparently confirmed on imaging and operation was planned. However, further radiological and orthoptic opinions diagnosed both a pre-existing eye condition and benign antral mucosal disease that had been misinterpreted as a single acute problem. The patient was discharged with no need for intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-6
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • Adolescent
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Exotropia
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maxillary Sinus
  • Maxillary Sinusitis
  • Orbital Fractures
  • Paranasal Sinus Diseases
  • Polyps

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