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Multiple foreign bodies in the facial region from a penetrating stab injury
  1. Mabel Okiemute Etetafia1,2
  1. 1 Department of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria
  2. 2 Department of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mabel Okiemute Etetafia, etetmabelo2000{at}


Penetrating injuries can lead to multiple retained foreign bodies. To present a case of a penetrating stab injury on to the right orbital region of a 37-year-old woman which resulted in lacerations on both eyelids, loss of vision in addition to the retention of glass particle and woven artificial hair strands at the anterior end of the floor of the orbit. The woven artificial hair strand, being flexible in nature, was apparently logged in by the penetrating force of the broken glass used as the stab injury object. Under local anaesthesia, a gentle intermittent pull on one hair strand led to the dislodgement of a piece of broken glass particle along with the other end of the hair strand. The resultant wound was repaired. Stab injuries can result in retained multiple foreign bodies. This possibility should be considered during assessment and management of facial injuries to avoid complications of retention.

  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • trauma
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery
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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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