Distinguishing features of preseptal and orbital cellulitis

Paediatr Nurs. 2010 Mar;22(2):28-30. doi: 10.7748/paed2010.


The differential diagnosis between orbital cellulitis and preseptal cellulitis is important as is the need to differentiate between an allergic response or infectious cellulitis of the eye. This article will examine the case of a 15-month-old boy who was brought to an emergency department with an oedematous right eye. The research about diagnosis and treatment will be evaluated and orbital cellulitis will be explored in more detail including the symptoms and complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emergencies
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Emergency Treatment / methods
  • Emergency Treatment / nursing
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / diagnosis*
  • Hypersensitivity / etiology
  • Hypersensitivity / therapy
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Nasal Septum*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Orbital Cellulitis / diagnosis*
  • Orbital Cellulitis / etiology
  • Orbital Cellulitis / therapy
  • Orbital Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Orbital Diseases / etiology
  • Orbital Diseases / therapy
  • Prognosis