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Case of bilateral complete posterior dislocation of lens caused by elder abuse

Authors Muto T, Tien, Horie, Matsumoto Y, Chikuda M

Received 8 December 2011

Accepted for publication 4 January 2012

Published 17 February 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 261—263


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 5

Tetsuya Mutoh1,2, Thomas Tien2, Megumi Horie1, Yukihiro Matsumoto1, Makoto Chikuda1
1Department of Ophthalmology, Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital, Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Abstract: We report a case of bilateral complete dislocation of lenses into the vitreous cavities due to elder abuse in a patient with senile dementia. According to the patient’s son, bilateral complete lens dislocation occurred after he hit his father in the head with socks in order to control his violent behavior. Although the patient was taken to our ophthalmological ward for a planned vitrectomy, restlessness and inability to remain in his room during the night led to his leaving the hospital. The patient has not returned but did receive a vitrectomy at another clinic. While the number of patients with senile dementia has dramatically increased, no specific remedy is currently available. When treating medical concerns of seniors with unknown backgrounds, elder abuse needs to be considered as a potential cause of such injuries.

Keywords: bilateral dislocation of lenses, elder abuse, senile dementia, vitrectomy

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