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September 1960

Peripatetic Intraocular Foreign Body

Author Affiliations

Melbourne, Australia
From the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1960;64(3):392-395. doi:10.1001/archopht.1960.01840010394012

The majority of retained intraocular foreign bodies are ferrous in nature, and their magnetic properties ensure their ready removal from the eye. In a small proportion of cases the retained foreign body does not exhibit magnetic properties. These patients present a problem in management to the ophthalmologist, as it is a heavy responsibility to undertake the removal of a nonmagnetic foreign body from the posterior segment of the eye. In certain circumstances the decision is made to defer operative removal for a time. A case is presented where such a decision led to an unexpected denouement.

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