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EYE PATHOLOGY UPDATE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 268-276

Update in pathological diagnosis of orbital infections and inflammations


1 Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR, China
2 Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR; Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Hospital Authority Ophthalmic Services, Hong Kong, SAR, China
3 Department of Ocular Pathology, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
4 Department of Ophthalmology, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Hunter K.L Yuen
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University Eye Center, 3/F, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K, Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.90127

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Orbital infections and inflammations include a broad spectrum of orbital diseases that can be idiopathic, infectious, from primary or secondary inflammatory processes. Being able to properly diagnose and manage these orbital diseases in a timely manner can avoid permanent vision loss and possibly save a patient's life. When clinicians are faced with such patients, quite often the exact diagnosis cannot be made just based on clinical examination, various laboratory tests and imaging are needed. Moreover, orbital biopsies with histopathological analyses are often required, especially for the atypical cases. Thus, it is important for the clinicians to be familiar with the pathological features and characteristics of these orbital diseases. This review provides a comprehensive update on the clinical and pathological diagnosis of these orbital infections and inflammations.


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