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Photo Essay
February 2004

Orbital Foreign Body

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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(2):296-297. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.2.296

A man complained of severe pain and decreased vision in the right eyeafter being stabbed with a pencil during an altercation 1 week before beingseen by the ophthalmology service. A laceration to the upper eyelid had beenclosed on the day of the altercation, but no imaging studies had been obtained.A computed tomographic image obtained at the time of the ophthalmology servicereferral showed a foreign body (FB) abutting the globe (Figure 1). The patient underwent surgery that night, and a 4.6-cmsection of a No. 2 pencil was removed (Figure2).