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Migration of intraocular silicone oil into the brain
  1. Jeremy Cosgrove1,
  2. Ibrahim Djoukhadar2,
  3. Daniel Warren2,
  4. Stuart Jamieson1
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jeremy Cosgrove, Department of Neurology, F Floor, Martin Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3EX, UK; jezcos{at}

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  • Contributors JC—concept and drafting article. ID—image selection and drafting article. DW—review of article and legends. SJ—review of article.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Mark Manford, Cambridge, UK.

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