Orbital Inflammation and Dacryoadenitis after COVID-19 Vaccination

Maarten B. Jalink*, Berend B. Burger, Rachel Kalmann

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The aim of this paper was to report the case of a patient with orbital inflammation and dacryoadenitis after COVID-19 vaccination. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we noticed an increase of post-viral syndromes, both linked to infection and to vaccination. A 53-year-old male presented with proptosis, chemosis, hypotropia, and ophthalmoplegia of the right eye, 1 day after his COVID-19 booster shot. Anecdotally, he suffered similar symptoms after his initial two vaccinations. Idiopathic orbital inflammation and dacryoadenitis were diagnosed, and the patient was successfully treated with oral steroids. Orbital inflammation and dacryoadenitis after infection or vaccination are no new entities, but due to the scale of the current pandemic and the associated vaccination programs, these rare ocular diseases could be encountered more often.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-792
Number of pages4
JournalCase Reports in Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Orbital inflammation
  • Vaccination


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