Abstract Title:

Conjunctival proliferation after a mild pepper spray injury in a young child.

Abstract Source:

Cornea. 2011 Sep ;30(9):1042-4. PMID: 21642850

Abstract Author(s):

Simon Gerber, Beatrice E Frueh, Christoph Tappeiner

Article Affiliation:

Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital of Bern, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland.


PURPOSE: To report a case of conjunctival proliferation in a 2.5-year-old boy after initial evidence of a mild chemical injury after ocular exposure to pepper spray (oleoresin capsicum).

METHODS: Case report with ophthalmologic and histologic findings.

RESULTS: A child presented with mild conjunctival injection and chemosis without any corneal erosion after direct exposure to pepper spray. Three weeks later, a significant conjunctival proliferation was found at the limbus, which was refractory to treatment with topical corticosteroids. Finally, proliferative tissue was surgically excised without clinical recurrence during 2 months of follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS: We hypothesize that the young age of the patient may have been an important factor for the severe conjunctival proliferation in comparison to a mainly uncomplicated course of pepper spray injuries in most adults. We recommend the use of topical antiinflammatory treatment even in apparently mild pepper spray injuries, especially in young children.

Study Type : Human: Case Report
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Pharmacological Actions : Antiproliferative : CK(6801) : AC(5032)
Anti Therapeutic Actions : Pepper Spraying : CK(85) : AC(11)
Problem Substances : Pepper Spray : CK(85) : AC(11)

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