Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

A keen female gardener presented to the emergency department of the hospital with a large corneal abrasion, conjunctival injection, an anterior chamber reaction and a hypopyon. She put it down to trauma that day while gardening, as she had been pruning her patio plant. The Euphorbia species of ornamental plants have been known to cause an intense reactive anterior uveitis and kerato-conjunctivitis caused by the milky sap it produces. Emergency medicine doctors and ophthalmologists should be aware of the effects of the sap of the Euphorbia species of plants.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/emj.2009.089201

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerg Med J

Publication Date

08/2010

Volume

27

Keywords

Aged, 80 and over, Conjunctivitis, Corneal Injuries, Diagnosis, Differential, Euphorbia, Eye Diseases, Female, Humans