Ocular Injury Presenting to a Level-III Pediatric Trauma Center

Kari Schneider, Hai Nguyen-Tran, Bradley J. Segura, Raymond G. Areaux, Dan Nerheim, Jeffrey P. Louie

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The purpose of this study is to describe pediatric ocular injuries presenting to a level-III pediatric trauma center and emergency department. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study and identified children from January 1, 2011, to January 1, 2016. Charts were reviewed for any subject, age from newborn to younger than 18 years, based on International Classification of Diseases, ninth and tenth revision, codes for any ocular injury. Data abstraction included age, sex, means of arrival, eye involved, mechanism of injury, type of ocular injury, imaging studies obtained, procedures performed, location of definitive repair (in the operating room or emergency department), and subspecialty services involved. RESULTS: In the 5-year period, we describe 356 injuries among 278 children. Males had a slightly higher rate of presentation than females (156 and 122, respectively). Forty-three children (15.46%) required repair in the operating room. Dog bites comprised of 7.19% children with outpatient follow-up, one patient (0.36%) eventually developed anophthalmia, and 30 children (10.79%) had long-term ophthalmological sequelae (ie, glaucoma and blindness). CONCLUSIONS: At our institution, a level-III trauma center, we evaluated and managed approximately 1 ocular injury case per week and children required surgical repair in the operating room at a higher rate than higher-level trauma centers. Injuries secondary to dog bites remain a clinically significant etiology.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
VolumePublish Ahead of Print
StatePublished - Jun 14 2018

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