X-Ray Reveals Shocking Image - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/16/08

X-Ray Reveals Shocking Image

Source: New England Journal of Medicine Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Here's a story you have to see to believe. A 15-year-old boy in Los Angeles went to the doctor and said that he was hit in the eye with a pencil. 

The boy complained that he couldn't even open his eye.  The doctors could see a tiny cut above his eyebrow and had no indication of just how serious the boy's injury was- until they saw his x-ray.

The x-ray revealed that a large pencil fragment had gone through the boy's eye socket and into his brain. Doctors performed surgery to remove the pencil. Unfortunately though, the vision in that eye is damaged permanently damaged.

The story, which first appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, says that this case reiterates the need for thorough testing- although the damage could not be seen from the outside, further examination exposed that surgery was absolutely necessary.

(picture taken at the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles)

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