Treatments for Orbital Cellulitis in Children

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Treatment for periorbital cellulitisusually includes oral antibiotics. Close follow-up with your child's physician is necessary for constant monitoring.

Orbital cellulitis is a serious condition and must be treated promptly. Treatment may include:

  • Hospitalization - Your child may be admitted to the hospital for antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) catheter. Hospitalization also allows for close evaluation of your child and the condition.
  • Surgery - Surgical drainage of the sinuses or any abscesses of the eye is sometimes needed.

What are possible complications from periorbital/orbital cellulitis?

The risk of complications may be reduced with prompt and accurate treatment of the problem. But the most common complications that may occur are:

  • meningitis (an infection of the outside of the brain and the spinal cord)
  • loss of vision
  • brain abscess (with the possibility of permanent neurologic deficits)
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