Bilateral intraorbital abscesses and cavernous sinus thromboses secondary to Streptococcus milleri with a favorable outcome

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. Sep-Oct 2008;24(5):408-10. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e318182aff7.

Abstract

A 51-year-old woman with left proptosis, diplopia, headache, and nausea was found to have bilateral intraorbital abscesses, left superior ophthalmic vein thrombosis, bilateral cavernous sinus thromboses, and a left temporal lobe intracerebral abscess. Because the paranasal sinuses were unaffected, a dental origin was suspected and confirmed. The causative organism was Streptococcus milleri. Aggressive surgical intervention included bilateral orbital abscess drainage and dental extraction, and medical therapy included intravenous metronidazole, ceftriaxone, heparin, and methylprednisolone. A left sixth cranial nerve paresis was the only long-term sequela.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis
  • Abscess / microbiology*
  • Abscess / therapy
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis / diagnosis
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis / microbiology*
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis / therapy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Drainage / methods
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial / microbiology*
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial / therapy
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Orbital Diseases / diagnosis
  • Orbital Diseases / microbiology*
  • Orbital Diseases / therapy
  • Streptococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections / therapy
  • Streptococcus milleri Group / isolation & purification*
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Treatment Outcome

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents