preseptal cellulitis


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Related to preseptal cellulitis: Orbital cellulitis

preseptal cellulitis

infection involving the superficial tissue layers anterior to the orbital septum.

pre·sep·tal cel·lu·li·tis

(prē-sep'tăl sel'yū-lī'tis)
Infection involving the superficial tissue and periocular layers anterior to the orbital septum.
Synonym(s): periorbital cellulitis.

preseptal cellulitis

Soft tissue infection limited to the tissues anterior to the orbital septum. Synonym: periorbital cellulitis
See also: cellulitis

cellulitis, preseptal 

Swelling or infection of the eyelid tissue in front of the orbital septum. There is redness, swelling and tenderness of the eyelid. The condition is treated with systemic antibiotics.
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Orbital cellulitis can arise from paranasal sinusitis; trauma to the eye; a retained foreign body in the orbit; ocular surgery; or contagious spread of infection from adjacent structures, such as dacryocystitis, dental abscesses, or preseptal cellulitis.
Preseptal cellulitis is much more common than orbital cellulitis in children.
If the eye has normal motility, no proptosis, and no pupillary signs and the child has normal vision, the diagnosis is preseptal cellulitis.
Preseptal cellulitis is infection of the eyelid and surrounding skin anterior to the orbital septum.
Preseptal cellulitis is usually caused by contiguous spread of infection from local facial or eyelid injuries, insect bites, conjunctivitis and chalazion and rarely sinusitis.
Symptoms and signs of preseptal cellulitis include tenderness, swelling, warmth, redness or discolouration of the eyelid and sometimes fever.
In preseptal cellulitis (Figure 9) the infection is in front of the orbital septum, so quite superficial in the face.