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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Ocular injury secondary to sheep bile exposure
  1. Alfin Taddeo Okullo1,
  2. Tim Low2,
  3. Louise Leslie Baker3
  1. 1Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Orange Base Hospital, Orange, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3Kendal Street Medical Services, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alfin Taddeo Okullo, alfinokullo{at}


A 57-year-old abattoir worker was seen at a general practitioner after sheep bile splashed into his left eye. Flourescein examination revealed extensive ulceration involving at least two-thirds of the corneal surface. Copious irrigation with normal saline, application of chloramphenicol ointment and an eye patch resulted in excellent healing within 2 days with return to normal vision for the patient thereafter.

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