Orbital cellulitis

Case contributed by Dr Anil Geetha Virupakshappa


Right orbital swelling, pain, fever, and watering of the right eye for 5 days.

Patient Data

Age: 10 years
Gender: Male

Significant infection and inflammation of the right orbit are noted at the medial aspect with defects in the lamina papyracea and extension of infection from the right ethmoid sinusitis and resultant small sub-periosteal abscess. No intracranial extension.

Case Discussion

Orbital cellulitis, also called post-septal cellulitis, is usually an extension of infection from adjacent paranasal sinuses. It's an emergency condition that requires hospitalization and surgical treatment in comparison to less severe preseptal cellulitis.

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