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[Chalcosis bulbi recognized 22 years after trauma].
Nippon Ganka Gakkai Zasshi. 2006 Dec; 110(12):990-4.NG

Abstract

PURPOSE

To report a case of chalcosis bulbi diagnosed 22 years after accidental entry of a foreign object into the eye.

CASE

A 57 year-old woman underwent surgery for vitreous opacity and cataract of unknown cause. During the operation, an intraocular foreign body was found in the vitreous at the pars plana, and was removed. The object was a coated copper wire, 3.5 mm in length and 0.2 mm in thickness. She recalled that such a wire had accidentally entered her eye 22 years previously. Copper particles were detected by copper staining of the anterior lens capsule.

RESULT

Fine, sharp metal fragments may penetrate the eye with little resistance. When the injury results in minimal subjective symptoms, the person may not seek examination by an ophthalmologist. In the present case, the foreign body was a fragment of coated copper wire. The exposed metal surface was limited and the copper probably dissolved very slowly. This may account for the lack of significant symptoms. In the Japanese literature, there are many reports of coated copper wire as foreign body in the eye, but few lead to characteristic chalcosis bulbi.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Ophthalmology, Tokyo Medical University Hachiohji Medical Center, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan. yagi1007@aol.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
English Abstract
Journal Article

Language

jpn

PubMed ID

17228762

Citation

Yagihashi, Tomoyuki, et al. "[Chalcosis Bulbi Recognized 22 Years After Trauma]." Nippon Ganka Gakkai Zasshi, vol. 110, no. 12, 2006, pp. 990-4.
Yagihashi T, Wakabayashi Y, Fujita S, et al. [Chalcosis bulbi recognized 22 years after trauma]. Nippon Ganka Gakkai Zasshi. 2006;110(12):990-4.
Yagihashi, T., Wakabayashi, Y., Fujita, S., Fujita, Y., & Usui, M. (2006). [Chalcosis bulbi recognized 22 years after trauma]. Nippon Ganka Gakkai Zasshi, 110(12), 990-4.
Yagihashi T, et al. [Chalcosis Bulbi Recognized 22 Years After Trauma]. Nippon Ganka Gakkai Zasshi. 2006;110(12):990-4. PubMed PMID: 17228762.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Chalcosis bulbi recognized 22 years after trauma]. AU - Yagihashi,Tomoyuki, AU - Wakabayashi,Yoshihiro, AU - Fujita,Satoshi, AU - Fujita,Yasushi, AU - Usui,Masahiko, PY - 2007/1/19/pubmed PY - 2007/2/28/medline PY - 2007/1/19/entrez SP - 990 EP - 4 JF - Nippon Ganka Gakkai zasshi JO - Nippon Ganka Gakkai Zasshi VL - 110 IS - 12 N2 - PURPOSE: To report a case of chalcosis bulbi diagnosed 22 years after accidental entry of a foreign object into the eye. CASE: A 57 year-old woman underwent surgery for vitreous opacity and cataract of unknown cause. During the operation, an intraocular foreign body was found in the vitreous at the pars plana, and was removed. The object was a coated copper wire, 3.5 mm in length and 0.2 mm in thickness. She recalled that such a wire had accidentally entered her eye 22 years previously. Copper particles were detected by copper staining of the anterior lens capsule. RESULT: Fine, sharp metal fragments may penetrate the eye with little resistance. When the injury results in minimal subjective symptoms, the person may not seek examination by an ophthalmologist. In the present case, the foreign body was a fragment of coated copper wire. The exposed metal surface was limited and the copper probably dissolved very slowly. This may account for the lack of significant symptoms. In the Japanese literature, there are many reports of coated copper wire as foreign body in the eye, but few lead to characteristic chalcosis bulbi. SN - 0029-0203 UR - https://wwww.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17228762/[Chalcosis_bulbi_recognized_22_years_after_trauma]_ L2 - http://www.medicalonline.jp/meteo_linkout.php?issn=0029-0203&volume=110&issue=12&spage=990 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -