What is orbital cellulitis?
Orbital cellulitis is a major infection of the soft tissues behind the eye which may involve the cheeks, eyebrows, eyelids and muscles.
What causes orbital cellulitis?
Bacteria or fungi (depending on the underlying cause) typically cause orbital cellulitis, (more commonly in boys, aged 7-12 years of age) usually following one of 3 situations; extension of an infection from a structure nearby like a paranasal sinus, direction infection introduced during from trauma or surgery, or from a bloodstream infection.
What are the symptoms of orbital cellulitis?
Symptoms may develop quickly and include swelling and redness around the eye, bulging eyes, vision problems, eye pain, fever, headache, malaise and trouble moving the eyes. It can rapidly lead to blindness if left untreated.
What are orbital cellulitis care options?
Orbital cellulitis requires emergency medical attention and hospital admission. Antibiotics delivered through a vein and surgical drainage are common treatments
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:13:29 PM
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Dr. Davé is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. He is chief of the PSA Section of Otolaryngology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davé sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Yamilet Tirado is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist within the Division of Otolaryngology and sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center.