Copper intraocular foreign bodies (IOFB) are relatively common after penetrating eye injuries. Ocular signs and symptoms vary greatly in relation to the copper content, ranging from chronic uveitis and severe visual loss for IOFB containing more than 85% copper, to local copper deposits with no severe ocular damage for less toxic alloys. Reported here is the case of a nine-year-old boy who suffered perforating eye injury due to copper wire with very severe inflammatory reaction  in vitreos and retina.
Diagnostic ultrasound and computerized tomography revealed an IOFB under the retina, the nature of the IOFB was copper.
The patient underwent standard three-port pars plana vitrectomy, a very dificult surgery that had ended with the extraction of the copper wire wich was located under the retina.
Three months after surgery the retina was flat and visual acuity was increased.


Susana Lucila CURA*, Mauricio AZULAY, Debora FRANCHI
CABA Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Email : cura.retina@gmail.com
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