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Orbital varix


Other Names for this Disease
  • Orbital venous varix
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Overview


An orbital varix is an abnormally enlarged, thin walled vein that is in direct communication with the normal orbital vessels. Orbital varices can be primary (most likely present from birth and confined to the orbit) or secondary (acquired due to increased blood flow in association with additional venous malformations elsewhere in the body). Symptoms such as intermittent double vision (diplopia) or bulging eyes (proptosis), pain and/or orbital bleeding (hemorrhage) may be brought on by stooping, bending, coughing or straining. Small lesions are managed through observation. Larger lesions may require surgery.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 7/17/2012

References

  1. N Islam, K Mireskandari, GE Rose . Orbital varices and orbital wall defects. Br J Ophthalmol. June 2004; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1772180/?tool=pubmed. Accessed 7/17/2012.
  2. MN Neiberg. An unusual presentation of a lid varix. Optometry. May 2009; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19410226. Accessed 7/17/2012.
  3. F Gaillard et al.. Orbital venous varix. Radiopaedia.org. 2012; http://radiopaedia.org/articles/orbital-venous-varix. Accessed 7/17/2012.
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