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Orbital Cellulitis Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms of orbital cellulitis include:

  • Bulging eye
  • Painful eye movements
  • Tender or warm tissues around the eye
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Difficulty seeing when eyelid is swollen
  • Fever
  • Not feeling well
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Double vision
  • Blurry vision


Doctors can often recognize orbital cellulitis by examining your eyes, teeth, and mouth. However, to determine the cause of the infection, you may be given the following tests or examinations:

  • Medical history, which includes questions about your diet, medications, use of corrective lenses, and family history of diabetes
  • Complete blood count
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan or MRI of your sinuses and orbit
  • X-ray of your sinuses and orbit
  • Samples from the lining of your eye, nose, throat, blood may be sent to the laboratory for testing and culture
  • Spinal tap in very sick children

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