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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2004 Dec;68(12):1529-32.

Recurrent periorbital cellulitis in a child. A random event or an underlying anatomical abnormality?

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Department of Otolaryngology, The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


We present a case of recurrent periorbital cellulitis in a child. From the age of 2 years the child was admitted with periorbital cellulitis a total of six times with the first five episodes responding to conservative management with intravenous antibiotics. On the sixth admission endoscopic surgical treatment was carried out. Two abnormalities were noted: an anatomically abnormal uncinate process and an isolated abscess in an ethmoidal cell. It is believed that the abnormal uncinate process caused obstruction of the osteomeatal area, predisposing to recurrent peri-orbital cellulitis. We discuss the importance of early imaging and surgery in recurrent periorbital cellulitis.

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