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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 20, No. 1, 2013, pp. 88-91
Bioline Code: mj13013
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2013, pp. 88-91

 en Uniocular Blindness Following Thermal Injury
Ayanniyi, Abdulkabir Ayansiji & Fasasi, Monsudi Kehinde


A hot water burn is a thermal injury that results in cell death. Thermal eye injury triggers inflammatory processes, including inflammatory cell influx and/or the activation of various inflammatory cells, which result in the rapid accumulation of extravascular fluid in the ocular tissue. The ocular effect depends on the temperature of the water, and the final visual outcome depends on the severity of the damage to the intraocular structures. We report a 23-year-old woman who experienced a facial hot water burn that resulted in blindness. The patient presented late to the hospital after the unsuccessful use of traditional medication. Facial burns are a known cause of blindness. Public health education on prompt hospital presentation, and resistance to the use of potentially harmful traditional medicine in facial burns is suggested.

herpes zoster ophthalmicus, hot water burn, traditional eye medication

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