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Eyelid swelling and erythema as the only signs of subperiosteal abscess.
  1. S E Rubin,
  2. M L Slavin and
  3. L G Rubin
  1. Division of Ophthalmology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York 11042.


    On clinical grounds it is usually easy to distinguish between preseptal cellulitis, a cutaneous infection not threatening to vision, and orbital cellulitis, a potentially vision threatening infection of the orbital tissues generally arising from paranasal sinusitis. We recently cared for two patients with a clinical diagnosis of preseptal cellulitis who had CT scan evidence of subperiosteal abscess. Antibiotic therapy alone resulted in clinical resolution in each case.

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