Anaerobic orbital abscess secondary to intraorbital wood

Aust N Z J Ophthalmol. 1993 Feb;21(1):49-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1993.tb00130.x.


A case of anaerobic orbital cellulitis secondary to intraorbital wood and an approach to management are presented. Retained foreign bodies should be suspected in all penetrating orbital injuries involving wood. Computed tomography (CT) should be performed to delineate the location and size of any foreign body and to determine damage to adjacent structures. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful in certain circumstances. Orbital infection should be anticipated and broad-spectrum antibiotic cover (including anaerobes) provided. Surgical intervention should be undertaken to remove any retained foreign bodies to prevent vision-threatening complications.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / microbiology*
  • Bacteroides Infections*
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / complications
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial*
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / complications
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orbital Diseases / microbiology*