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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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SLAVSKY, Anahí et al. Ethmoidal fracture. Differential diagnosis of orbital cellulites in pediatrics: Clinical case. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2010, vol.108, n.5, pp.e118-e120. ISSN 0325-0075.

We report a case of orbital emphysema secondary to ethmoidal fracture after minimal trauma as differential diagnosis of orbital cellulitis not reported before in children. An 8 year-old girl with diagnosis of orbital cellulitis was remitted for admittance, IV antibiotics and evaluation by an ophthalmologist. However, further evaluation led to a diagnosis of ethmoidal lamina papyracea fracture. Patient showed complete resolution in 4 days with outpatient treatment. Once again, this case corroborates that meticulous history taking and physical examination are irreplaceable for decision making.

Keywords : Orbital emphysema; Ethmoidal fracture; Orbital trauma; Orbital cellulitis.

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