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Periorbital cellulitis. Swollen tissue around the eye of a 54 year old man caused by cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the skin and its underlying tissues. It is often due to infection by Streptococcus sp. bacteria. Cellulitis may cause a fever and chills, and, if left untreated, may result in septicaemia (blood poisoning) or gangrene. This infection is caused by a kidney cancer that has spread to the jaw as a secondary growth. Cellulitis is usually treated with penicillin or erythromycin antibiotic drugs.
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