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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 730-731

A subconjunctival foreign body confused with uveal prolapse

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Pusan National University and Medical Research Institute, Pusan, Korea
2 Department of Parasitology, School of Medicine, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jong-Soo Lee
Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Pusan National University and Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, 1-10, Amidong, Seo-Gu, Busan 602-739
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Source of Support: This study was supported by a grant of the Korean Health Technology R and D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (A070001),., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.136242

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There are cases in which the presence of a foreign body (FB) is difficult to diagnose based on history taking or clinical examination. We report a case of subconjunctival FB confused with uveal prolapse. A 68-year-old man, who had the history of pterygium excision in his right eye, complained of irritation and congestion in that same eye. He also had the history of growing vegetables in a plastic greenhouse. It seemed to be a suspected uveal mass bulging through a focal scleral thinning site. On the basis of slit-lamp magnification, the lesion was presumed to be a hard and black keratinized mass embedded under the conjunctiva. Histopathologically, the removed mass was revealed to be a seed of the dicotyledones. Patients who show signs of prolapsed uvea or scleral thinning, possibility of a subconjunctival FB should be considered as differential diagnosis. In addition, a removed unknown FB should be examined histopathologically.

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