SubTenon's infusion of steroids for treatment of orbital hemangiomas

Ophthalmology. 2003 Jun;110(6):1255-9. doi: 10.1016/S0161-6420(03)00242-2.


Purpose: To introduce an alternate technique for the treatment of infantile orbital hemangiomas.

Design: Non-comparative case series.

Participants: Seven consecutive children with orbital hemangiomas.

Intervention: Posterior subTenon's steroid infusion using a blunt-tip cannula.

Main outcome measures: Clinical stabilization, improvement, or resolution.

Results: Significant and sustained involution of the hemangiomas occurred in all cases. No local or systemic complications occurred.

Conclusions: The results of subTenon's steroid infusion for the treatment of orbital hemangiomas in children are encouraging and may be associated with fewer intraoperative risks compared with direct intralesional injection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Betamethasone / administration & dosage
  • Betamethasone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Connective Tissue / drug effects*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Glucocorticoids / administration & dosage
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use*
  • Hemangioma, Capillary / drug therapy*
  • Hemangioma, Capillary / pathology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Orbital Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / pathology
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide / administration & dosage


  • Glucocorticoids
  • betamethasone sodium phosphate
  • Betamethasone
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide