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Endophthalmitis following globe perforation with a hypodermic needle
  1. POORNIMA RAI,
  2. RICHARD NEWSOM,
  3. KAMIAR MIRESKANDARI,
  4. DOMINIC McHUGH
  1. King's College Hospital, London
  1. Miss P A Rai, Department of Ophthalmology, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS rai{at}poornima.demon.co.uk   Accepted for publication 27 January 2000

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Editor,—Exogenous endophthalmitis is a common complication of intraocular foreign bodies (IOFBs).1 It commonly occurs in association with a non-metallic foreign body and often results in profound visual loss.2 Early diagnosis and treatment with intravitreal antibiotics are essential in its treatment.3 We describe an unusual case of exogenous endophthalmitis caused by a heroin filled needle, the patient rapidly losing vision despite active intervention.

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