Michael C. Bach, MD; Michael Knowland, MD; Walter B.J. Schuyler, MD
Acute orbital myositis is considered a nonspecific orbital inflammatory syndrome and is well described, but relatively rare (1-3). With newer diagnostic imaging techniques, the condition is usually diagnosed easily. Because systemic corticosteroid therapy rapidly reverses the process, acute orbital myositis must be considered in a patient with a suddenly painful proptotic eye. We report the cases of two previously healthy patients, each with an acutely painful, erythematous eye initially thought to be due to orbital cellulitis.
Patient 1, a 31-year-old white woman who was 3 months postpartum, developed right-sided neck pain, sore throat, low-grade fever, and myalgia 2 weeks before
Bach MC, Knowland M, Schuyler WB. Acute Orbital Myositis Mimicking Orbital Cellulitis. Ann Intern Med. ;109:243–245. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-3-243
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(3):243-245.
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