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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 116-118

Arrow injuries to the eye

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Department of Ophthalmology, Bayero University, Kano
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.93536

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Two male siblings aged 10 and 17 years, respectively, presented to our hospital with two days history of being shot in the right eyes with arrows. The patients presented with severe pains, bleeding, swelling, discharge and loss of vision. There was positive history of application of traditional eye medicine and an unsuccessful attempt was made to remove the arrows. Both patients presented with panophthalmitis. X-rays of the orbits and para nasal sinuses indicated the tip of the arrow was lodged to the apex of the orbit in the younger patient, and the arrow vertically traverses the eye/ orbit and lodged in the roof of the maxillary sinus in the other patient with fluid level in the lower third of the sinus. The patients were placed on broad-spectrum systemic antibiotics, had base line investigations and prepared for exploration. The patients had evisceration with removal of the arrows.

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