Orbital inflammation in the setting of a nylon foil implant

Adrianna D. Jensen, Nickisa M. Hodgson, Rupin Parikh, Charles G. Eberhart, Amanda D. Henderson, Roxana Fu

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A 61-year-old man underwent left medial wall and floor fracture repair with a Suprafoil® implant. He had postoperative orbital congestion and lower eyelid swelling that persisted for over seven weeks. Examination demonstrated hyperglobus with supraduction, infraduction, and adduction deficits. Imaging revealed a 3.7 × 3.6 × 2.6 cm isodensity along the implant, thought to be hematoma. The patient elected to pursue exploration and possible drainage. Intraoperatively, there was no hematoma; rather, we found a fibroinflammatory rind along the periorbita surrounding the implant. This was biopsied, and the implant was removed, as the fractures had sufficiently healed. Pathology showed dense fibroconnective tissue with associated inflammation. The patient completed a steroid taper with improvement in all symptoms and resolution of diplopia. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of such a prominent orbital inflammatory reaction to nylon foil, a departure from the delayed hematic cysts typically associated with these implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOrbit (London)
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Nylon foil
  • orbital fracture
  • orbital inflammation
  • orbital mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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