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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 221

Scan, catch, and hold: Graphite foreign body removal

Department of Cornea, Refractive, Ocular Surface Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission03-Aug-2022
Date of Acceptance07-Oct-2022
Date of Web Publication20-Jan-2023

Correspondence Address:
Mona Bhargava
Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya, 147, Mukundapur, EM Bypass, Kolkata – 700 099, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1905_22

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Keywords: Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (ASOCT), graphite foreign body (pencil lead)

How to cite this article:
Bhargava M, Paul RS, Nathani KR. Scan, catch, and hold: Graphite foreign body removal. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2023;3:221

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Bhargava M, Paul RS, Nathani KR. Scan, catch, and hold: Graphite foreign body removal. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Feb 1];3:221. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2023/3/1/221/368189

A 7-year-old child presented with pain, redness, and diminution of vision in the left eye (LE) following trauma with a pencil a week ago. On examination, LE's best corrected visual acuity was 20/60 with the intra-stromal foreign body at 9'o clock paracentral [Figure 1]a with the iris tissue adherent to it with forced seidels negative. Fundus examination of both eyes was within normal limits. Anterior segment optical coherence (ASOCT) was performed to assess the depth as the child was not very cooperative on slit-lamp examination, which showed a foreign body breaching the Descemet membrane (DM) [Figure 1]b. The patient was taken up for foreign body removal under general anesthesia. Intra-operatively, the graphite foreign body (i.e., pencil lead) [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d was held using end gripping, and a basket forceps was used to encompass it. The corneal wound was secured with 10-0 interrupted nylon sutures. Post-operatively, the patient was started on topical steroids and antibiotics. Despite the delayed presentation, there was no evidence of infection as graphite is an inert material.
Figure 1: (a) Anterior segment slit-lamp photography of LE showing a foreign body in the slit section. (b) High-resolution cross-sectional image (AS-OCT) of the LE showing a foreign body breaching the Descemet's membrane. (c) Intra-operative photograph of LE showing removal of a graphite foreign body by basket forceps. (d) Measurement of a foreign body on the metric scale

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Among the ocular traumas, corneal foreign bodies are the second most common type of ocular injury, accounting for approximately 30.8 % of all eye injuries.[1] Although the diagnosis and management of corneal foreign body (CFB) is generally easily made based on the history and slit-lamp examination, some unusual cases create difficulties in the diagnosis and choosing the most appropriate method of removal.[2],[3],[4] ASOCT provides high-resolution cross-sectional images of CFBs and has the advantage of being a non-contact imaging system causing minimal discomfort, especially in trauma patients.[5] ASOCT is a useful tool to decide not only the urgency of FB removal but also the best approach for the same. Our case was successfully managed on the lines of ASOCT findings; therefore, ASOCT is an indispensable and invaluable tool.

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