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Orbital cellulitis

  • Treatment

    The patient usually needs to stay in the hospital. Treatment includes antibiotics given through a vein. Surgery may be needed to drain the abscess, or relieve pressure in the orbital space around and behind the eye.

    An orbital cellulitis infection can get worse very quickly. The patient must be carefully checked every few hours.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    With prompt treatment, the person can make a complete recovery.


    Complications
    • Cavernous sinus thrombosis
    • Hearing loss
    • Septicemia or blood infection
    • Meningitis
    • Optic nerve damage and loss of vision

    Calling your health care provider

    Orbital cellulitis is an emergency that requires immediate treatment. Call your health care provider if there are signs of eyelid swelling, especially with a fever.