Case 49: Corneal Ulcer Associated with Sutures After Zone I/II Open Globe Injury

  • Liza M. CohenEmail author
  • Katherine E. Talcott


An 80-year-old man presented with a Zone I-II open globe injury of the left eye from a metal chair clip. The corneal laceration was complex and stellate. Following repair, the patient developed a corneal ulcer related to loose sutures. He was treated with topical antibiotics, and although the infection resolved, he was left with a large corneal scar, ultimately requiring penetrating keratoplasty. In this patient, the development of a corneal infection around loose sutures was likely a result of the difficult-to-close complex stellate wound.


Stellate corneal laceration Suture abscess Corneal ulcer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyHarvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and EarBostonUSA
  2. 2.Vitreoretinal Surgery, Wills Eye HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

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