Ocular Injury from Burst Balloon                     Orient Journal of Medicine                   Vol 24 [1-2] Jan-June, 2012
CASE REPORT

Diagnostic and management challenges of pre-pubertal bipolar disorder in an eight-year old Nigerian child: a case report and review of literature
Bola J ADEKOYA
Bola G BALOGUN
Modupe M BALOGUN

Department of Ophthalmology,
Lagos State University
Teaching Hospital
1-5 Oba Akinjobi Street
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Author for Correspondence
Bola J Adekoya
Department of Ophthalmology
Lagos State University
Teaching Hospital
1-5 Oba Akinjobi Street
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Email:
bjadekoya2007@yahoo.com
Phone: +2348033817215
Received: November 30th, 2011
Accepted for Publication:
April 23rd, 2012

ABSTRACT

Ocular injuries in children remain a largely preventable phenomenon, and the resulting morbidity may be life-long. A variety of objects have been implicated as causes of ocular injuries in children, but that resulting from a burst balloon on the face is rare, as this toy may not be recognised as potentially hazardous, especially in children. The case of a 3-year old Nigerian girl who presented with left cataract and esotropia (squint) following a burst toy balloon on the face is reported. This is aimed at drawing attention to the possibility that this common toy may have the potential of causing a major ocular injury especially in children. The need for adequate safety measures to be taken, while children are at play, is also emphasized.

Keywords: Air blast, cataract, childhood, esotropia, injury
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