Transorbital penetrating injury by a chopstick--case report

Neurol Med Chir (Tokyo). 2001 Jul;41(7):345-8. doi: 10.2176/nmc.41.345.


A one-year-old boy presented with orbitocranial penetrating injury by a chopstick. Neurological examination did not reveal abnormal findings. Skull radiography did not reveal any sign of fracture and there were no abnormal findings. Initially, computed tomography (CT) of the head did not reveal any intracranial lesions. However, bone window CT showed a well-defined low-density abnormality measuring 2.5 cm in length in the right orbit and parasellar region. Magnetic resonance imaging clearly revealed a low-intensity structure extending from the orbit to the prepontine area. Surgical exploration was emergently performed and the wooden fragment was removed. The postoperative course was uneventful. Transorbital penetrating injury by a wooden foreign body is relatively rare. The wound may be superficial and trivial. Major neurological deficit does not usually manifest immediately, so the penetrating injury may be overlooked. If the foreign body is retained in the orbit and cranium, severe infectious complications may occur later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis
  • Brain Injuries / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnosis
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Orbit / injuries*
  • Orbit / pathology
  • Orbit / surgery
  • Pons / injuries
  • Pons / pathology
  • Pons / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wounds, Penetrating / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery*