A unique case of orbital inflammatory syndrome following COVID-19 infection

J AAPOS. 2022 Dec;26(6):326-328. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2022.08.267. Epub 2022 Oct 3.


Orbital inflammatory disease is a rarely reported complication of COVID-19 infection. We report a unique case of bilateral orbital myositis in a 12-year-old boy who tested positive for COVID-19 without typical systemic symptoms. Workup for other infectious and inflammatory etiologies was negative. After failing both oral and intravenous antibiotics, the patient was started on high-dose systemic steroids, with significant clinical improvement after 24 hours, thus confirming the inflammatory etiology of his presentation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / complications
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orbital Myositis* / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Myositis* / drug therapy
  • Steroids
  • Syndrome


  • Steroids