Oedipism in West Texas: A case series

Cameron L Clarke MD, Timothy H Truong MD


We report two cases of bilateral attempted self-enucleation with severe sequalae following the traumatic events. Case 1 involves an incarcerated schizophrenic patient who presented multiple times following failed enucleation attempts before finally succeeding with bilateral enucleation. Case 2 is an acutely psychotic individual who successfully enucleated her left eye with attempted removal of the right eye. She developed a massive ischemic stroke immediately following the traumatic event. We discuss complications, management, and prevention.

Keywords: self-enucleation, ocular trauma, enucleation, psychosis, optic nerve avulsion

Article citation: Clarke CL, Troung TH. Oedipism in West Texas: A case series. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2020;8(36)78–80
From: Department of Ophthalmology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
Submitted: 7/11/2020
Accepted: 9/28/2020
Reviewer: Gilbert Berdine MD
Conflicts of interest: none
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