How are orbital complications of acute bacterial sinusitis (sinus infection) treated?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Medical management, including sinus drainage and intravenous antibiotics, is advocated for any degree of orbital complication. Among the classifications by Chandler, surgical drainage of both the infected sinuses and the orbit are advocated for groups 3-5 if inadequate improvement or progression of orbital cellulitis occurs despite medical therapy or if the patient has loss of visual acuity.


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