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Penetrating ocular trauma from an exploding microwaved egg

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1075
  1. Saurabh Goyal, specialist registrar in ophthalmology (,
  2. Yee Fong Choong, specialist registrar in ophthalmology,
  3. Wagih A Aclimandos, consultant ophthalmologist,
  4. Roger L Coakes, consultant ophthalmologist
  1. Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT
  2. King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS

    EDITOR—Microwave heating results in positive pressure, especially in food confined by a membrane. Eggs with intact shells, intact egg yolks in open shells, and even pierced yolks can explode when microwaved. Exploding microwaved eggs or eggshells have caused facial, eyelid, and corneal burns of varying severity.1 One published case of intraocular trauma from an …

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