Facial vein thrombophlebitis: an uncommon complication of sinusitis

Claudia Cotes, Roy Riascos, Leonard E. Swischuk

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Facial vein thrombophlebitis is an uncommon complication of sinusitis. In cases where periorbital swelling complicating sinusitis is diagnosed, clinical findings of swelling and erythema extending beyond the orbital region into the cheek should alert the physician about this unusual complication and the need for further contrast-enhanced imaging and venography. The radiologist must be particularly careful in the evaluation of vascular structures of the face and neck in these children. CT and MRI with contrast material and MR venography are studies that clearly demonstrate the vascular anatomy and possible complications. However, MR venography confirms flow abnormalities within the venous system with the advantage of avoiding radiation exposure to the pediatric patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1244-1248
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 27 2015


  • Child
  • Computed tomography
  • Facial vein
  • Magnetic resonance venography
  • Preseptal cellulitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Superior ophthalmic vein
  • Thrombophlebitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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