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Intraorbital wooden foreign body, legacy of a notorious scrap: a case report
  1. Sujeeth Modaboyina1,
  2. Sahil Agrawal1,
  3. Ragib Khan2 and
  4. Anju Bhari3
  1. 1Ophthalmology, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, Delhi, India
  2. 2Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  3. 3Opthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anju Bhari; dranjubhari{at}


Wooden foreign bodies are notorious to be fragile and get retained as bits and bobs in the orbit. A 50-year-old woman presented to casualty with complaints of loss of vision and pain in the right eye associated with discharge from a wound in right eye upper lid. On imaging, a wooden foreign body was seen as continuous track of air. Meticulous dissection and search were done to remove bits and bobs of the wood. Patient, however, after 15 days of primary surgery reported with pus collection over wound site. Keeping suspicion of remnant wooden body piece(s), imaging and further exploration were carried out, removal of a 1 cm residual wooden piece was done. Retained wooden foreign body should always be suspected in postoperative cases of intraorbital wooden foreign body with infection. A close follow-up and knowledge of the same stay useful to remove any needless apprehension both of patient and surgeon.

  • eye
  • ophthalmology
  • pathology
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery

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  • Contributors SM did the first draft writing, SA helped in literature review and manuscript writing, RK helped in collecting data and form and AB acts as a guarantor and did a final review of the manuscript.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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