December 2007

Use of Radiopaque Intraorbital Catheter in the Treatment of Sino-Orbito-Cranial Mucormycosis

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(12):1714-1715. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.12.1714

Sino-orbital mucormycosis, especially with intracranial involvement, is a devastating infection affecting mostly immunocompromised patients. When combined with systemic therapy and surgical débridement, intraorbital amphotericin B infusion can be an important adjunctive therapy for orbital mucormycosis.1 Correct placement of the intraorbital catheter can be critical to proper drug delivery. We describe a technique using a barium-embedded neurosurgical catheter for intraorbital drug delivery. Intraoperative fluoroscopy can also be used to assess and adjust catheter tip placement to achieve optimal results.

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