A woman’s eye reportedly swelled up to the size of a golf ball after she blew her nose too hard.
The unidentified 32-year-old woman went to the emergency room and told doctors that she had “forcefully” blown her nose, the Daily Mail reports.
Soon after, her right eyelid ballooned to the size of a golf ball, and the swelling became painful.
Doctors performed a series of tests after ruling out fever, sinusitis and physical injury.
They discovered that the woman had orbital emphysema, swelling that occurs when air is forced into the soft tissue surrounding the eye. At its most severe, orbital emphysema can cause blindness.
Scans revealed that the woman had also fractured a bone in her nose, but she did not know what caused it. Doctors were unable to determine whether the fracture was also caused by forcefully blowing her nose.
They were surprised by the cause of the swelling, however, because orbital emphysema is usually only seen in patients who have been hit in the face.
This case is not the first of its kind. In September 2003, the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that a 19-year-old man developed orbital emphysema after blowing his nose following a head injury he sustained while snowboarding.