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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 540-542

Sino-orbital gas gangrene – A guest unknown

Department of Ophthalmology, Grant Government Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Sumeet Lahane
JJ Hospital, Byculla, Mumbai 400 008, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2514_21

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Orbital cellulitis is a dreaded entity that can lead to an array of complications from visual loss to cavernous sinus involvement. Paranasal sinus (PNS) infection and trauma are the most common etiology. We report a case series of three patients who were victims of landslide and developed orbital cellulitis. Facial edema, proptosis, central retinal artery occlusion and hyperdense foci in the orbit, and PNS with proven growth of Clostridium perfringes were the common features in all these patients. Natural calamity leading to this fulminant infection led to mortality of all three patients. This is the first case series of sino-orbital gas gangrene in victims of heavy rainfall causing landslide.

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