Simultaneous decompression of the orbital lateral wall and optic canal for fibrous dysplasia in early adolescence

Ryota Tamura, Tomoru Miwa, Yoshiaki Sakamoto, Maya Kohno, Kazuo Kishi, Kazunari Yoshida

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Introduction: Patients with fronto-orbital fibrous dysplasia (FD) occasionally present fronto-orbital protrusion, exophthalmos, and visual acuity disturbance. Simultaneous management of these conditions has not been previously described. Case description: A-10-year-old female with fronto-orbital FD complained of left visual acuity disturbance. Head computed tomography showed compressed optic canal secondary to thickened bone. Decompression of the optic canal via the left frontotemporal extradural approach, opening of the lateral orbital wall, and dissection of the prominent zygoma were done simultaneously. The patient’s visual acuity disturbance and exophthalmos subsequently improved postoperatively. Discussion and evaluation: When optic canal decompression is performed by the fronto-temporal approach, opening of the lateral orbital wall can be done simultaneously to decrease the intraorbital pressure and to prevent exophthalmos. In addition, although aesthetic plastic surgery is not generally recommended during the growing phase (due to the possibility of recurrence), this approach can prevent skin loosening and adverse cosmetic outcomes. Conclusions: Aesthetic plastic surgery for fronto-orbital FD is recommended to prevent skin loosening. Opening of the lateral orbital wall should be performed when optic canal decompression is planned.

Original languageEnglish
Article number719
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1


  • Early adolescence
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Optic canal
  • Orbital lateral wall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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