Delayed presentation of orbito-cerebral abscess caused by pencil-tip injury

Nir Seider, Michael Gilboa, Elvira Lautman, Benjamin Miller

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This report describes the clinical and radiologic findings of a child who was stabbed with a pencil tip in his right upper eyelid, in what initially appeared to be an innocuous injury. The child presented again 3 weeks later with a combined orbital and frontal lobe brain abscess. The mechanism of injury is discussed, the orbital and neuro-surgical interventions are detailed, and the medical treatment is presented. Ophthalmologists should have a high index of suspicion for orbital foreign bodies and possible intracranial injury in cases of penetrating eyelid trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-317
Number of pages2
JournalOphthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgery


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