Periorbital Infections Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Bobak Zonnoor , MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of periorbital cellulitis include the following:

  • Angioedema

  • Insect bites

  • Cavernous sinus thrombosis

  • Chalazion

  • Internal and external hordeola

  • Idiopathic orbital inflammation (orbital pseudotumor) [55]

  • Mucormycosis

  • Nephrotic syndrome

  • Orbital cellulitis

  • Pott's puffy tumor [56, 57]

  • Periorbital necrotizing fasciitis

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of blepharitis include the following [58] :

  • Basal cell carcinoma

  • Squamous cell carcinoma

  • Sebaceous cell carcinoma

  • Actinic keratosis

  • Keratoacanthoma

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of dacryoadenitis include the following:

  • Sjögren syndrome

  • Sarcoidosis

  • Tumors - Cause about 25% of lacrimal gland enlargement [59]

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of canaliculitis include the following:

  • Carcinoma [60]

  • Melanoma

Differential Diagnoses