Paranasal sinusitis in the aetiology of orbital cellulitis

  • J Ubah Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Teaching Hospital, Osogbo
  • OGB Nwaorgu University College Hospital, Ibadan
  • O Ogunleye University College Hospital, Ibadan
Keywords: orbital cellulitis, paranasal sinusitis, Ibadan, Nigeria

Abstract

Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of paranasal sinusitis as a cause of orbital cellulitis and to identify the commonest sinus(es) involved in our setting.

Methods: A retrospective review of the case notes of 47 patients with orbital cellulitis admitted into the ophthalmic ward of the University College Hospital, Ibadan within a ten-year period (1988-1987) was done.

Results: Sinusitis 34.2%) was the most common cause of orbital cellulitis with the maxillary sinus being the most involved (38%). Patients in the second decade of life had the highest prevalence of 56%. More cases were seen during the dry season C November to February.

Conclusion: Paranasal sinusitis is probably the most frequent cause of orbital cellulitis with the maxillary sinus being the most involved.

Keywords: orbital cellulitis, paranasal sinusitis, Ibadan, Nigeria

Nigerian Journal of Ophthalmology Vol. 13 (1) 2005: 8-10
Published
2005-10-24
Section
Articles

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