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March 2002

Ruptured Globe Caused by a Fishing Sinker

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(3):407. doi:

I took note of the interesting case reported by Quintyn et al,1 who described a traumatic fishing injury from a fishhook and sinker resulting in a ruptured globe. The authors state that, to their knowledge, no other case of ruptured globe caused by this mechanism has been reported. I would like to report another case of ruptured globe from a pure fishing sinker traumatic injury. A 26-year-old medical student was fishing with a 40-g sinker. He mistakenly thought he had caught a fish, and as he was reeling it in, the sinker suddenly flew through the air, striking him in the right eye. This resulted in a severe ruptured globe with a marked suprachoroidal hemorrhage and loss of intraocular contents (Figure 1). The eye was primarily enucleated. I agree with the authors that injuries from fishing sinker trauma have a worse prognosis than eye-penetrating fishhook injuries.

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