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Rare chemical injuries: a case of ocular superglue instillation in Port Harcourt

Authors Cookey SAH, Chukwuka IO, Sibeudu OA

Received 9 April 2018

Accepted for publication 12 June 2018

Published 7 September 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 209—212


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Sotonibi AH Cookey, Ireju O Chukwuka, Ogochukwu A Sibeudu

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State, Nigeria

Background: Ocular superglue injury is uncommon all over the world.
Aim: To report a case of self-inflicted accidental ocular superglue injury.
Methods: A case of ocular injury is described in a 29-year-old adult, following inadvertent instillation of superglue instead of a prescribed steroid ointment into the right eye, in the dark.
Results: There was matting of the upper and lower lid margin and eyelashes precluding view of the ocular structures. The eyelids were separated by gently peeling off the superglue from the lids and lid margins. The glue-matted eye lashes were trimmed and the glue on the cornea and conjunctival surface was gently removed. Subsequently, a corneal ulcer was seen which was managed with topical antibiotics, systemic analgesics, and vitamins.
Conclusion: Similarity between the tubes of eye ointments and household superglue accounts for the accidental eye injury.

Keywords: superglue, ocular injury, sticking of eyelids, corneal abrasion

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