Retrograde cavernous sinus thrombosis and orbital cellulitis secondary to meningitis in immunocompetence child

Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand.
Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet 11/2012; 95(11):1485-8.
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A case of cavernous sinus thrombosis is usually a complication of severe orbital cellulitis and meningitis. The authors reported a retrograde cavernous sinus thrombosis and orbital cellulitis in an immunocompetence child, due to meningitis.

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