Podcast 521: Traumatic Hyphema  - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 521: Traumatic Hyphema 

Author: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • A hyphema is blood in the anterior chamber of the eye, typically caused by trauma
  • While there is a spectrum of disease, blurred vision and eye pain are common presenting complaints after direct trauma to the eye
  • Hyphema are graded between Grade 1 and Grade 5, depending on the amount of blood in the anterior chamber. Higher grades are associated with worse outcomes and more complications
  • Other important diagnoses to consider include globe rupture and retrobulbar hematoma
  • Complications of a hyphema can include glaucoma and vision loss¬†


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Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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