Hong Kong Med J 2009;15:297-8 | Number 4, August 2009
An unusual complication after strabismus surgery
Flora HS Lau, TF Leung, Dorothy SP Fan
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Hong Kong
Orbital cellulitis is rarely reported after strabismus surgery; fewer than 10 cases have been reported. Nonetheless, orbital cellulitis is a potentially sight- and life-threatening condition. A high index of suspicion, use of a multidisciplinary approach, early diagnosis, aggressive treatment, and close monitoring are all important means of avoiding potentially irreversible visual loss and systemic complications. We report a case where early use of aggressive treatment to manage a post-strabismus surgery infection led to a good outcome.
Key words: Cellulitis; Orbital diseases; Postoperative complications; Strabismus
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