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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 3918592, 3 pages
Case Report

Long-Term Retention of an Intraorbital Metallic Foreign Body Adjacent to the Optic Nerve

1Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, USA
2Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA
3Department of Ophthalmology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
4Section of Ophthalmology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA

Received 8 July 2016; Accepted 1 September 2016

Academic Editor: Nicola Rosa

Copyright © 2016 Andrew N. Siedlecki 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.


We report the case of an asymptomatic 47 year-old male patient who suffered a penetrating wound from a metallic foreign body that became embedded adjacent to the optic nerve for over thirty years, as well as the associated examination, imaging, and fundus photography. Intraorbital metallic foreign bodies can be well tolerated and may not require surgical intervention despite proximity to important structures.