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Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología

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LANUZA GARCIA, A; PINTO BONILLA, JC; LOPEZ RAMOS, A  y  ARIAS LOPEZ, MC. Orbital abscess secondary to sinusitis in a child. Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol [online]. 2003, vol.78, n.2, pp.115-118. ISSN 0365-6691.

Purpose/Method: We present the case of a 10-year-old patient who was admitted as an emergency to our hospital with right ocular infection due to pansinusitis. He presented fever and malaise. Clinical, ophthalmic and radiologic examination confirmed the existence of an orbital abscess. Due to the poor evolution, surgical treatment was needed. Results/Conclusion: Orbital cellulitis and orbital abscess are two different types of orbital infections. Being able to differentiate between then is very important for selecting the appropriate medical and surgical therapy. Medical treatment is a good solution for infections without abscesses, but surgery is usually needed for infections with an abscess. Abscess formation sometimes require surgical drainage of the orbital abscess with associated treatment of paranasal sinus.

Palabras clave : Orbital abscess; orbital cellulitis; child.

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