Orbital Cellulitis

Nowhere is there a greater discrepancy... than in differentiating between periorbital and orbital cellulitis in children. The former tends to be overdiagnosed while the latter is often undertreated - William N Clarke MD

Orbital Cellulitis

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Distinguishing between Orbital and Preseptal Cellulitis

Some medical conditions have signs and symptoms that significantly overlap, making a diagnosis a little more difficult. Epididymitis, testicular torsion, and torsion of the testicular appendage are examples, but orbital and preseptal cellulitis are others that can cause significant diagnostic confusion.

Both conditions are more common in children than in adults, and preseptal or periorbital cellulitis is more common in children under 5. The preseptal and orbital spaces are separated by only a thin membranous septum that originates in the orbital periosteum and inserts into the tarsal plates. It is only this thin septum that stands as a barrier against progression of the preseptal infection…

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