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June 1971

Penetrating Ocular Injury by a Plant Seed

Author Affiliations

Gallup, NM
From the Ophthalmology Service, Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, NM (Dr. Bettman), and the Section of Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn (Drs. Packer and Albert).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(6):695-698. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050697008

BB GUNS have long been recognized as an important cause of ocular injury, the offending missile usually being a 4.4 mm copper-coated steel sphere.1,2 Our young patient was struck in the eye by a plant seed fired from a bb gun. The seed perforated the limbus and adjacent sclera and remained intact in the vitreous cavity. The unusual nature of this foreign body and the fulminating bacterial panophthalmitis that followed its penetration are the principal features of this report.

Report of a Case  A 9-year-old Navajo Indian boy was seen at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, NM, seven hours after being shot accidentally in the left eye with a bb gun fired from a distance of six feet. The rest of his medical history was unrelated to his ocular problem. The general physical examination was within normal limits. The hemoglobin level was 12.8 gm/100 cc, and the white

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