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R.W. Kim, E. O'Malley, D. Eliott; Review of Open Globe Injuries at the Detroit Medical Center . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2003;44(13):818.
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Purpose: To define the epidemiology of open globe injuries at a major urban medical center. Methods: A retrospective review of the hospital records and operative notes of all patients who were treated for open globe injuries at the Kresge Eye Institute/Detroit Medical Center from July 2000 to June 2001. Results: Fifty two open globe injuries presented to the Detroit Medical Center. Patients were divided into three groups according to their age: pediatric (0-18 years old, 23%), adult (19-60 years old,52%) and elderly (61-89 years old, 19%). The etiology of trauma in the pediatric group was accidental, most commonly involving injury due to sharp objects (71%). The adult group was more likely to involve assault (46%). Assault related injuries were associated with a worse initial visual acuity. Elderly patients were most commonly involved in fall related injuries (60%). The ratio of males to females was highest in the adult group (74% males). Conclusions: Open globe injuries at a major urban medical center varied in etiology with age and gender suggesting demographic specific differences in exposure to high-risk injury settings.
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