Subperiosteal abscess of the orbit

Dr Ian Bickle and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Subperiosteal abscess of the orbit occurs as a complication of acute sinusitis.

Patients can present with pain, visual disturbance, proptosis and/or chemosis.

Bacteria can extend via neurovascular foramina or bony dehiscences. More commonly occurs from ethmoidal sinusitis, extending into the orbit via the lamina papyracea but can also occur secondary to frontal sinusitis. 

  • low density collection in a juxta-osseous location adjacent to a sinus with features of sinusitis 
  • may not enhance peripherally 3
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Article information

rID: 49070
System: Head & Neck
Tag: orbit, eye
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Subperiosteal abscess (orbit)
  • Orbital subperiosteal abscess

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