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April 1952


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112 Linwood Ave., Buffalo 9

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(4):NP-515. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030526012

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Orbital accidents to children are an everyday occurrence. We have all seen youngsters who have had the misfortune to injure the eye with a knife, fork, dart, scissors, or like sharp implement.

Recently, on Sept. 26, 1951, I saw a baby 19 months old who had been brought to the Children's Hospital in Buffalo from a nearby town with the handle of a common teaspoon penetrating the right orbit a distance of 5.6 cm. (2½ in.) from the inner lower orbital rim. The child had fallen from the top of a high chair, upon which she was standing, to the floor while holding the spoon tightly in her right hand. It penetrated the inner lower right eyelid, forced the globe upward and lateralward, and continued in along the nasal wall.

Examination was carried out with the child under general anesthesia. The fundus appeared normal; the disk was of good color

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