An unusual case of intraorbital foreign body and its management

Int Ophthalmol. 2014 Apr;34(2):337-9. doi: 10.1007/s10792-013-9786-7. Epub 2013 Jun 6.


A 36-year-old aboriginal female presented following an assault with a wooden fence paling. Examination revealed a wooden object protruding lateral to the left eyebrow. CT scan showed a blow-in fracture of lateral orbital wall and a hypodense foreign body causing indentation of the globe and stretching of the optic nerve. The case was managed successfully with complete recovery of the visual acuity on day 1 post-surgery. This case highlights the importance of prompt removal of large lateral wooden intraorbital foreign body to achieve an excellent visual outcome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / surgery*
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Orbital Fractures / etiology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wood