Post-traumatic Cilia Remaining Inert in the Anterior Chamber for 50 Years

A Case Report

Zuleyha Yalniz-Akkaya


J Med Case Reports. 2011;5(527) 

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Abstract and Introduction


Introduction The present report concerns what is, to the best of our knowledge, the first case of post-traumatic cilia that has remained inert for approximately 50 years after its inoculation into the eye.
Case presentation A 69-year-old Caucasian woman whose right eye had been struck by a dining fork approximately 50 years earlier was examined on presentation two years ago. In her right eye, both uncorrected and best-corrected visual acuities were 0.1 (in decimal notation). Along with a nuclear cataract, a straight linear extension was found extending beneath the iris at the nine o'clock position reaching the center of the pupil, which appeared to be a cilium measuring 7 mm. After the removal of the cilia, an uncomplicated phacoemulsification was performed and a posterior chamber intra-ocular lens was implanted. Her post-operative course was uneventful, and visual acuity remained 1.0 for the 22-month follow-up period.
Conclusions Intra-ocular cilia can be tolerated for as long as 50 years without causing any ocular reaction.


Cilia in the anterior chamber (AC) constitute a relatively small portion of intra-ocular foreign bodies.[1] The route of intra-ocular access can be via penetrating injury[1–5] or ocular surgery.[6] While some cases are symptomatic,[1,3,7,8] some remain asymptomatic[1,2,6,9,10] for years.