Multiple orbital venous malformations presenting with enophthalmos in a patient with presumed blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome

Tuncer S., Peksayar G., Tefekli E. G., Ayranci O., DEMIRCI H.

OPHTHALMIC PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, vol.24, no.4, pp.331-334, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


A 27-year-old white woman presented with enophthalmos in the right eye. The visual acuity was 20/20 in both eyes. External examination showed 7 mm of enophthalmos of the right eye with deepened superior palpebral sulcus compared with the left eye. After Valsalva maneuver, the right eye became 4-mm exophthalmic compared with the left eye. Extraocular movements were full. There was no palpable orbital mass or diplopia. MRI showed diffuse enhancing intraconal orbital and nasopharyngeal masses consistent with venous malformations in the right orbit. Systemic evaluation revealed bluish vascular lesions on the hard and soft palates, and the pretibial area of her right leg. These findings were suggestive of blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome. The patient was observed, and her clinical findings remained stable for 12 months. Enophthalmos can be a rare initial presentation of blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome and patients with ophthalmic involvement should undergo systemic evaluation including gastrointestinal, dermatologic, and otorhinolaryngologic examination.