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Melioidosis presenting with periorbital cellulitis and rhinosinusitis


L. A. D. N. Udayani ,

Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH), LK
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Senior Registrar in ENT
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D. Dumingoarachci

Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura (THA), LK
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Consultant ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei. It has a variety of clinical manifestations ranging from localized abscess, to severe pneumonia to fatal septicaemia. Sinonasal and orbital manifestations of Melioidosis are rare [1]. This is the first reported case of Melioidosis presenting with orbital cellulitis and rhinosinusitis in Sri Lanka. A 42-year-old patient with diabetes mellitus presented with pyrexia of unknown origin, multiple abscesses in the leg, periorbital cellulitis and rhinosinusitis. Initial investigations did not reveal a diagnosis. Eventually it was diagnosed as Melioidosis with a positive blood culture and successfully managed with long term antibiotics.



Early identification and aggressive management is needed to reduce the morbidity and mortality of Melioidosis.  Awareness amongst clinicians of different specialties is important as this disease has variety of manifestations.
How to Cite: Udayani, L.A.D.N. and Dumingoarachci, D., 2020. Melioidosis presenting with periorbital cellulitis and rhinosinusitis. Ceylon Journal of Otolaryngology, 9(1), pp.73–77. DOI:
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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