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Ocular lesions in burns are common and diagnosis is often late, leading to functional impairment including loss of vision to these individuals. A retrospective study was conducted to assess ocular lesions in burns during ICU stay (01/01/2013 to 30/09/2020) in a 20-bed burn ICU in Tunis. Twenty-six cases combining burns and ocular lesions were reviewed. The average age was 26, with a sex-ratio 3.3/1. TBSA was 22±13%. Face was affected in 23 patients, and mechanical ventilation was required in 10 cases. Diagnosis of ocular lesion was noted at 4.5 H (1-33 H) after burn injury. Main clinical signs were: eye redness (n=5) and purulent eye discharge (n=5). Lesions were mainly corneal abscess and corneal ulcer. Treatment combined local antibiotics (n=16) associated to systemic antibiotics in 10 cases. Surgery was required in 2 cases. Loss of vision was noted in 2 patients. Risk factors of corneal abscess were: facial burn (p=0,01); burn depth (p=0,02) and mechanical ventilation (p=0,04).

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