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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Intraocular cilium removal following trauma

Thomas A. Oetting, MD, MS

July 5, 2017

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This video, submitted by Dr. Thomas Oetting, is from several years ago but pertinent to one of our cases, so worth the review:

Our chief resident at the time Jordan Graff (now a retina specialist in Arizona) was removing a traumatic cataract about 10 years following penetrating trauma to the inferior cornea and iris. The cataract portion of the surgery was uneventful and the zonules and capsule remained intact. The interesting part of the case was the discovery of a lash, embedded into the iris, brought into the eye at the time of an injury 10 years earlier. The retained lash seemed completely preserved in size and color. It is surprising (at least to me) that an embedded lash does not cause more inflammation and did not degrade with time.

Our 2017 chief resident Prashant Parekh found a few related articles:

Galloway GD(1) et al, Retained anterior chamber cilium causing endophthalmitis after phacoemulsification, J Cataract Refract Surg. 2004 Feb;30(2):521-2.

Austin Bach, DO, MPH; et al, Intraocular Eyelash, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2015, Vol. 115, 115.

Dettoraki M et al, Intravitreal cilium associated with retinal detachment 40 years following penetrating eye injury: a case report, BMC Ophthalmol. 2015 Mar 12;15:25.

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last updated: 07/05/2017
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