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Exophthalmia due to intracranial abscess from grass seed foreign material in a dog
  1. Charlotte Dawson,
  2. Holger Andreas Volk,
  3. Richard Lam and
  4. Rick F Sanchez
  1. Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Herts, UK
  1. Correspondence to Charlotte Dawson, cdawson{at}


This is a unique report of a patient diagnosed antemortem with mild to moderate signs of retrobulbar cellulitis, secondary brain abscessation and absent neurological signs. Ocular ultrasound yielded a negative result whereas MRI supported the diagnosis and confirmed the need for immediate surgery. The cause was confirmed to have been the migrating grass seed foreign bodies that were surgically retrieved from the abscess inside the calvarium before medical treatment and resolution of clinical signs.

  • Retrobulbar
  • Foreign Body
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Exophthalmia
  • MRI
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