Eye (1991) 5, 736–740; doi: 10.1038/eye.1991.135

Periorbital necrotising fasciitis

Geoffrey E Rose1, David J Howard2 and Mark R Watts1

  1. 1Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, London EC1V 2PD
  2. 2Royal National Hospital for Throat, Nose and Ear, Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8DA

Correspondence: Mr. G. E. Rose, MS, FRCS, FCOphth, Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, London EC1V 2PD



Three cases of periorbital necrotising fasciitis are described, one occurring in a three-year-old child. The cases in adults required debridement of necrotic tissue, in one of whom there was extensive disease involving the face and orbital fat.

It is probable that the early stages of this condition are under-recognised; the importance of early signs and intensive treatment of this life-threatening disease are illustrated.



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