Disseminated pneumocephalus secondary to air compressor injury

H. Suisa, Ge Sviri

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We report an unusual case of a young male patient who presented with severe pain and swelling of his left eyelid following an air compressor tip accident. He suffered extensive facial edema accompanied by deep tissue emphysema and an elevated intraocular pressure. On noncontrast CT scan, air was detected in the intraconal and extraconal orbital compartments, and intracranially within the subarachnoid spaces as well as in the suprasellar and perimesencephalic cisterns. There were no detectable fractures. We presume that by perforating the orbital septum, Tenon’s capsule, and the optic nerve sheath, air had managed to penetrate the cranium through the optic nerve subarachnoid space and into the intracranial subarachnoid space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-512
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Air compressor
  • Barotrauma
  • Blow gun
  • CSF leak
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Pneumocephalus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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