VARIOUS types of foreign material may be introduced into the eye during intraocular surgery, for example, talc, cilias, rubber, and cotton lint fibrils. Vail1 recently reviewed this complication and reported three cases of cotton lint in the anterior chamber. In most of the cases of lint reviewed, as well as in Vail's three new cases, the foreign material was not deleterious to the eye. However, in some instances transient postoperative iritis occurred. Vail felt that the lint in his cases came from the air circulating in the operating room. He suggested several measures by which the amount of dust in the air might be reduced.
It is the purpose of this paper to report four additional instances of fibrils in the anterior chamber. It is believed these fibrils were cotton threads which had broken off from the cotton sponges used during the operation.
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BROCKHURST RJ. COTTON FIBRILS IN THE ANTERIOR CHAMBER AFTER SURGERY. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;52(1):121–124. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920050123014
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