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J Med Case Rep. 2011 Oct 26;5:527. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-5-527.

Post-traumatic cilia remaining inert in the anterior chamber for 50 years: a case report.

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Private Practice, Ataturk Blv, 1235 Sk No:1A Umut Eye Center, Aksaray, TR68100, Turkey.



The present report concerns what is, to the best of our knowledge, the first case of post-traumatic cilia that has remained inert for approximately 50 years after its inoculation into the eye.


A 69-year-old Caucasian woman whose right eye had been struck by a dining fork approximately 50 years earlier was examined on presentation two years ago. In her right eye, both uncorrected and best-corrected visual acuities were 0.1 (in decimal notation). Along with a nuclear cataract, a straight linear extension was found extending beneath the iris at the nine o'clock position reaching the center of the pupil, which appeared to be a cilium measuring 7 mm. After the removal of the cilia, an uncomplicated phacoemulsification was performed and a posterior chamber intra-ocular lens was implanted. Her post-operative course was uneventful, and visual acuity remained 1.0 for the 22-month follow-up period.


Intra-ocular cilia can be tolerated for as long as 50 years without causing any ocular reaction.

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