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inflammation of all the eye structures or tissues.
Purulent inflammation of all layers of the eye.
[pan- + G. ophthalmos, eye]
panophthalmitis/pan·oph·thal·mi·tis/ (pan″of-thal-mi´tis) inflammation of all the eye structures or tissues.
Etymology: Gk, pan + ophthalmos, eye, itis
an inflammation of the entire eye, usually caused by virulent pyogenic organisms, such as strains of meningococci, pneumococci, streptococci, anthrax bacilli, and clostridia. Initial symptoms are pain, fever, headache, drowsiness, edema, and swelling. As the infection progresses, the iris appears muddy and gray, the aqueous humor becomes turbid, and precipitates form on the posterior surface of the cornea. Treatment consists of intensive systemic and local antibiotic therapy. Evisceration of the globe or excision of the eye may be required, but excision is contraindicated if surrounding tissues are infected.
panophthalmitisInflammation involving all the tissues of the eyeball. Panophthalmitis usually ends in blindness.
Acute inflammation of the eyeball involving all its structures and extending into the orbit. The disease develops very rapidly. The eyelids are red and swollen and there is severe chemosis of the conjunctiva. The cornea is often a whitish mass of necrotic tissue and there may be severe ocular pain. See endophthalmitis.
inflammation of all the eye structures or tissues. May occur as a result of a penetrating injury but is of greatest importance as a part of a generalized infection, e.g. streptococcal septicemia of the newborn foal.