Orbital hemorrhage and eyelid ecchymosis in acute orbital myositis.


We examined two patients with acute orbital myositis associated with orbital hemorrhage and eyelid ecchymosis. Both patients were young women (aged 22 and 30 years) who had painful proptosis, diplopia, and computed tomographic evidence of single extraocular muscle involvement with spillover of inflammatory edema into the adjacent orbital fat. Patient 1 showed contralateral preseptal eyelid inflammation and did not suffer an orbital hemorrhage until after an episode of vomiting. In Patient 2, the diagnosis of occult orbital varix was initially considered but an orbital exploration and a biopsy specimen showed no vascular anomaly. Both patients were treated successfully with high-dose systemic corticosteroids. Some cases of idiopathic orbital inflammation may be related to preexisting vascular anomalies or orbital phlebitis.

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@article{Reifler1989OrbitalHA, title={Orbital hemorrhage and eyelid ecchymosis in acute orbital myositis.}, author={David M. Reifler and D R Leder and T Rexford}, journal={American journal of ophthalmology}, year={1989}, volume={107 2}, pages={111-3} }