Medical Practice

The Hammer and the Eye: Beware

Br Med J 1973; 1 doi: (Published 20 January 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;1:156

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  1. Andrew Elkington,
  2. J. J. Kanski


    In reporting this small series of foreign-body injuries to the eye it is emphasized how normal an eye may appear and yet have a foreign body lurking in its anterior chamber. The patient's account of the injury may be very deceptive and an x-ray picture of the eye must be taken if a foreign body is even remotely suspected, particularly if a hammer is mentioned. Prompt diagnosis followed by well executed surgery leads to good results in these cases.

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