What are the possible complications of periorbital cellulitis?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Bobak Zonnoor , MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Complications of periorbital cellulitis include the following:

  • Recurrent periorbital cellulitis (RPOC) - Three periorbital infections occurring within 1 year, spaced by at least 1 month of convalescence [43]

  • Toxic shock syndrome

  • Eschar formation leading to scarring

  • Meningitis

  • Orbital cellulitis

  • Intracranial extension of infection

  • Periorbital necrotizing fasciitis - A potential complication with devastating results; the mortality rate is reported to be 14.4% [44]


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