• Georgina Monteiro Pediatric Department of Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu
  • Andreia Dias Pediatric Department of Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu
  • Elsa Teixeira Pediatric Department of Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu
  • Joana Pereira Pediatric Department of Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu
  • Elisabete Santos Pediatric Department of Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu
  • Gabriela Laranjo Pediatric Department of Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu
  • Cristina Faria Pediatric Department of Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu




Orbital cellulitis, orbital diseases, child, adolescent


Introduction:Cellulitis of the orbital region are a common pediatric illness, which can be potentially severe

Objectives: The present study reviews the epidemiology, etiology and therapeutic approach of cases of cellulitis of the orbital region admitted at the Pediatric Department of Hospital Center Tondela-Viseu (CHTV), in 11 years.

Results: Of the 93 children admitted, 94% had periorbital cellulitis (POC) and 6% orbital cellulitis (OC). The average age was six years and they were predominantly male (61%). Trauma was the most common known cause (12%). Cefuroxime was the first line antibiotic in 84% of cases, and the majority had a good outcome. There were complications in five of the six patients with OC (83%). There were no deaths. The majority were referred to their family doctor.

Conclusions: We highlight the importance of the distinction between POC vs OC, as they require different clinical approaches. OC is associated with a higher incidence of complications.


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Monteiro G, Dias A, Teixeira E, Pereira J, Santos E, Laranjo G, Faria C. ORBITAL AND PERIORBITAL CELLULITIS: AN 11 -YEAR CASE SERIES. REVNEC [Internet]. 2017Jan.16 [cited 2024May29];22(3):158-61. Available from: https://revistas.rcaap.pt/nascercrescer/article/view/10646



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