Phthisis bulbi

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Female patient attending for CT for chronic headache. Previous trauma to the left eye.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Female

Shrunken, irregular left globe with dense internal calcification.  Normal right orbit.

Unremarkable intracranial appearances.

Case Discussion

Phthisis bulbi is an atrophic, scarred and disorganized globe that may result from a variety of severe ocular insults. Dystrophic calcification is common, as in this case.

Causes include post-trauma, infection, radiation therapy.

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