Globe rupture

Globe ruptures are an ophthalmologic emergency. A ruptured globe or an open-globe injury must be assessed in any patient who has suffered orbital trauma because open-globe injuries are a major cause of blindness.

In a blunt trauma, ruptures are most common at the insertions of the intraocular muscles where the sclera is thinnest. 

Clinical presentation

If intraocular contents are visualized at clinical examination, a diagnosis of a ruptured globe can be obvious. 

Radiographic features


CT findings that can be present in a globe rupture include 1:

  • collapsed globe ("flat tyre" or "mushroom" appearance)
  • presence of intraocular air or a foreign body
  • thick posterior sclera
  • hazy outline of the globe
  • enlarged anterior chamber
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rID: 15812
Section: Pathology
Tags: trauma, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Rupture of the globe
  • Ruptured globe

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