Raccoon sign S00.1

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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black eye; periorbital haematoma; Raccoon eyes; Raccoon sign; Spectacle Hematoma

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Biorbital ring-shaped haematoma (spectacle haematoma) after injuries to the base of the skull or the nasal bone. Figuratively also used for a bilateral, symmetrical purpura of the eyelids. This phenomenon can occur as a leading symptom in systemic amyloidosis and is therefore of great diagnostic importance (after exclusion of a post-traumatic event).

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  1. Herbella FA et al (2001) 'Raccoon eyes' (periorbital haematoma) as a sign of skull base fracture. Injury 32: 745-747

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020