The role of osteitis of the lamina papyracea in the formation of subperiosteal orbital abscess in young children

Ephraim Eviatar, Judith Sandbank, Stephen Kleid, Haim Gavriel*

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Background: Sub-periosteal orbital abscess (SPOA) typically presents as a collection of pus in the space between the periorbita and the lamina papyracea, adjacent to acute suppurative ethmoiditis. Osteitis of the lamina papyracea may lead to sequestrum formation, with progression of the infectious process to cause suppuration beneath the orbital periosteum. Materials and methods: A case series of children with rhinosinusitis and SPOA admitted to our institute, from January 2005 to December 2011, was carried out. Included were children operated upon, in whom the lamina papyracea was submitted for histological examination, and in which bacteriologic studies were obtained. Results: Nine children with SPOA with a mean age of 5.03 years (range 1-12 years) were included in the present study. In five of them (55.5%), features of osteitis were noted histologically. No pathogens were observed histologically in the sections. Bacteriologic studies revealed Streptococcus viridans in four patients, and coagulase negative Staphylococcus in one. Conclusion: SPOA in rhinosinusitis children was associated in our small cohort with high rate of lamina papyracea osteitis. The direct spread through the involved bone was raised as a possible pathophysiology of SPOA formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2267-2270
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Lamina papyracea
  • Orbital complications
  • Pathology
  • Subperiosteal orbital abscess


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