Woman Blows Her Nose, Ends Up In The Hospital

An unidentified 32-year-old woman went to the emergency room telling doctors that she had "forcefully" blown her nose. After she had done so, her eye had reportedly swelled up to the size of a golf ball and became painful.

Doctors performed a series of tests after ruling out a fever, sinusitis and physical injury. They discovered that the woman had orbital emphysema, swelling that occurs when air is forced into the soft tissue surrounding the eye.

In the worst case scenario, orbital emphysema can cause blindness. Scans revealed that the woman had also fractured a bone in her nose, but she did not know what caused it. Orbital emphysema is usually only seen in patients who have been hit in the face.

In September 2003, the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that a 19-year-old man developed orbital emphysema after blowing his nose following a head injury he sustained while snowboarding.

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