Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Periorbital Region Complicated by Combined Central Retinal Artery Occlusion, Central Retinal Vein Occlusion, and Posterior Ciliary Occlusion

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Abstract

A 50 year-old man on immunosuppressive agents presented with left eye vision loss, periorbital swelling, pain, and ophthalmoplegia. The patient was clinically found to have a central retinal artery and vein occlusion. A CT scan was performed which demonstrated intraorbital fat stranding, however the patient lacked sinus disease. The etiology of the orbital infection was held in question. The area was debrided in the operating room, and the specimen demonstrated group A streptococcal species consistent with necrotizing fasciitis. Periorbital necrotizing fasciitis should be suspected in patients with rapidly progressive orbital symptoms without sinus disease as lack of surgical intervention can result in poor outcomes. The unusual aspect to this case is the mechanism of vision loss, as the authors hypothesize that there was vascular infiltration of the infection resulting in the central retinal artery occlusion and central retinal vein occlusion which have not been previously reported secondary to necrotizing fasciitis of the orbit.

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