Posted by: shoji | May 22, 2008

Ocular Trauma Due to a Water-Bottle Cap (NEJM)

It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.

This girl was lucky her vision was saved. Apparently there’s a new “game” identified by these docs where adolescents are shooting off bottle tops– you can probably find videos on Break.com or YouTube.

NEJM — Ocular Trauma Due to a Water-Bottle Cap — Figure 1
A 14-year-old girl presented with a traumatic injury to the right eye from a water-bottle cap, caused by the increasingly popular adolescent activity of twisting and crushing an empty plastic water bottle, with the cap loosened, until the cap flies off because of increased pressure…The source of this patient’s injury — a water-bottle cap ejected under pressure — warrants attention because of the increasing incidence of this activity among adolescents and other school-aged children.

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