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Temporary blindness and ophthalmoplegia due to local anesthetic infiltration of the nasal septum

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June 4, 2012
by Devrim Bektas, MD; Neslihan Kul, MD; Nurettin Akyol, MD; Ahmet Ural, MD; Refik Caylan, MD


We report the case of a 35-year-old man who developed blindness and ophthalmoplegia during local anesthetic infiltration of the nasal septum. The complications were temporary, and the patient had full recovery without treatment. The vascular anatomy of the area and possible pathogenic mechanisms are discussed, with some suggestions on the prevention of this complication.

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