Preseptal and Orbital Cellulitis

Preseptal and Orbital Cellulitis

Jamie Lea Schaefer

Jimmy Truong


Periorbital infections are a relatively common presenting complaint in the emergency and urgent care settings, especially for children.1 The extent of infection is what distinguishes preseptal from orbital cellulitis, and differentiation between the two is important because morbidity and treatment can vary greatly.2 Preseptal cellulitis is an infection that has not extended posterior to the orbital septum with vision and eye movements typically unaffected, whereas orbital cellulitis extends deep into the tissues of the orbital socket and is often marked by changes to ocular function.2,3 Furthermore, noninfectious or associated etiologies, such as idiopathic orbital inflammation, complicate the differential diagnosis and must be considered.

Apr 18, 2023 | Posted by in OTOLARYNGOLOGY | Comments Off on Preseptal and Orbital Cellulitis

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