Orbital fracture incidence increased nearly 50% from 2006 to 2017

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Orbital fractures incidence increased 47% between 2006 and 2017, according to a poster presented at AAO 2020 Virtual.

In this retrospective, cross-sectional study, data from 350,379 emergency department visits in the United States with a primary diagnosis of orbital fracture from 2006 to 2017, were included. Incidence increased 47% over the study period, from 7.7 to 11.3 per 100,000 population.

Assaults (43%) and falls (26%) made up the majority of injuries’, with falls being the leading cause (86%) in patients >65 years. Over the study period, this was an increase from 1.6 to 3.5 per 100,000 population.

The mean inflation-adjusted emergency department charge per visit increased from $5,881 to $8,728 from 2006 to 2017, with a total exceeding $2 billion.

The overall hospitalization rate was 14% and in patients >65 years it was 22%.


Iftikhar M, et al. Incidence, Characteristics and Economic Burden of Orbital Floor Fractures in the United States From 2006 Through 2017. Poster presented at: AAO 2020 Virtual.

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