Which clinical history findings are characteristic of periorbital cellulitis?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Bobak Zonnoor , MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Patient history may include the following:

  • An antecedent history of superficial skin break (due to infected insect bite, impetigo, acne, eczema), trauma to the periorbital skin, infection of adjacent structures (eg, hordeolum, dacryocystitis/dacryoadenitis), upper respiratory infection, or sinusitis

  • A sudden increase in temperature and rapid swelling of tissue

  • A history of underlying illness (eg, human immunodeficiency virus [HIV], acute lymphoblastic leukemia), which would increase the patient's risk of infection

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