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July 1992

Intraocular Cilia After Penetrating Eye Injury

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Tucson, Ariz

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(7):921. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080190027011

Penetrating ocular injury associated with introduction of cilia into the anterior chamber is rare. We present the interesting case of a young boy with retained intraocular cilia after a penetrating corneal wound and briefly discuss the possible sequelae of this unusual injury.

Report of a Case.  —A 12-year-old boy presented to our emergency department for evaluation of a painful left eye that had been struck with a steel wire 3 days earlier. His visual acuity was 20/50. Results of slit-lamp examination revealed a selfsealing, penetrating, inferior corneal laceration and eight cilia in the anterior chamber (Figure). Minimal anterior chamber inflammation was noted. Results of the eye examination were otherwise unremarkable.The corneal laceration was repaired, and the lashes were removed through a 4-mm superior limbal incision. Cultures of tissue from the aqueous and cilia revealed no growth. The child had an uneventful recovery and 1 week later his visual acuity

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