Journal of Spine & NeurosurgeryISSN: 2325-9701

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Orbitocranial Injury by a Ballpoint Pen in a Child: A Case Report

Craniocerebral injuries due to relatively sharp and unusual objects are rare. Nearly most of such cases occur within the pediatric population. A majority of these injuries involve the objects entering the cranium via thin orbital roof. Herein the authors describe a 3-year-old child with the retained tip of a ballpoint pen and a broken part of its crystal barrel which had entered the cranium via the right orbital roof. Surgical intervention, with right frontal craniotomy by removal of the corresponding foreign bodies, debridement of the path and dual repair results in full recovery of the patient.

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