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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 338-339

Atypical presentation of an unusual foreign body


Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Usha R Kim
Orbit, Oculoplasty and Oncology Clinic, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.64138

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A 14-year-old boy presented with intractable diplopia for 10 days following an assault. A thorough history revealed that he was unaware of any penetrating injury. However, imaging demonstrated a radiolucent foreign body between the globe and the orbital floor. On surgical exploration, it was found to be the proximal part of a ball point pen. Its removal resulted in complete resolution of diplopia. Thorough clinical and radiological examination is recommended when a foreign body is suspected in pediatric patients. Prompt diagnosis will aid in early intervention and prevention of long-term complications.


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