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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 237214, 3 pages
Case Report

Unsuccessful Self-Enucleation in a Schizophrenic Patient

1The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
2Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
3Department of Ophthalmology, The Edith Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel

Received 5 August 2014; Accepted 8 September 2014; Published 21 September 2014

Academic Editor: Alexander A. Bialasiewicz

Copyright © 2014 Noam Bar-Yaakov et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Self-enucleation is a very unusual form of self-mutilation directly linked to mental illness. In this case we present a 26-year-old schizophrenic patient who attempted to enucleate his eye with a rollerball pen. Antipsychotic therapy and emergency surgery saved the patient eye and emphasize the importance of quick response and good collaboration between psychiatric and ophthalmic teams.