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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 76-77

Penetrating orbital injuries from plant material during pond and river diving

Department of Orbit, Oculoplasty and Oncology, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Usha R Kim
Department of Orbit, Oculoplasty and Oncology, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai - 625 020, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.107199

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Diving into lakes and ponds is a common activity of rural children. We present two cases of penetrating orbital injuries from plant matter sustained in this manner. Such injuries pose a particular challenge because wooden foreign bodies are often missed during orbital exploration, and current imaging modalities cannot reliably identify retained organic material. When a patient presents with orbital penetration after a high-risk mechanism of injury, such as freshwater diving, the clinician must maintain a very high index of suspicion for retained wooden foreign body.

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