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April 1948


Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(4):503-504. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030525015

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PENETRATING wounds of the orbits and sinuses were common during the war. In civilian life, however, they are infrequent. A case observed by me was sufficiently interesting to merit being reported.

A woman about 35 years of age walked into the admitting room of Michael Reese Hospital during the night of April 20, 1947, stating that she had been stabbed "in the eye" during a recent quarrel. She was admitted to the service of Dr. Nathan Crohn, at whose request I later saw her.

Examination on admission revealed the handle of a large pocket knife projecting from the right upper lid, near the internal third. Roentgenograms taken with the knife in situ showed the blade traversing the orbit downward into the antrum, its point reaching the floor near the posterior internal corner at a point close to the posterior border of the hard palate. The knife was extracted, leaving a

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