raccoon eye


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A descriptive term for bilateral periorbital accumulations of blood or other substances, likened to the nocturnal North American omnivore, Procyon lotor; this appearance is classically described in periorbital haematomas, often associated with anterior-posterior displacement-type automobile accidents or basilar fractures of the skull; less commonly, the descriptor is applied to the periorbital purpura due to skin infiltration in primary amyloidosis, as a spontaneous event, or after prolonged eye-strain

raccoon eye

Black eyes, raccoon eye appearance A descriptor for bilateral periorbital accumulations of blood or other substances, likened to the nocturnal North American omnivore, Procyon lotor; this Panda bear-like appearance is classically described in periorbital hematomas, often associated with anterior-posterior displacement-type automobile accidents or basilar fractures of the skull; less commonly, the descriptor is applied to the periorbital purpura due to skin infiltration in primary amyloidosis, as a spontaneous event, or after prolonged eye-strain
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Interestingly, there was no typical raccoon eyes appearance and metastatic involvement of the periorbital tissue on MRI in our case.
After she bursts into tears, no doubt because I have scared her with my raccoon eyes, graveley voice and organic breath, I explain to her that no one in the world is awake right now and that it is not time to get up.
What I like the most about it is it fades instead of bleeds after you have been wearing it for a while, so I don't end up with raccoon eyes.
Dreaded raccoon eyes are often attributed to fatigue and good ol' heredity.