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Results of endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy in pediatric patients

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June 20, 2017
by Sat Paul Gulati, MS; Raman Wadhera, MS; Ashok Kumar Khurana, MS; Nidhi Singh, MS; Vijay Kalra, MS; Anju Ghai, MD


We conducted a prospective interventional study to evaluate the role of endoscopic endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy in children. Our study population was made up of 20 patients-18 boys and 2 girls, aged 2 to 12 years (mean: 5.3)-who presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of nasolacrimal duct blockage that was refractory to conventional medical treatment. In all cases, blockage was confirmed by nasolacrimal duct syringing that demonstrated regurgitation from the opposite punctum. The primary outcome measures for success were resolution of symptoms and duct patency on lacrimal irrigation. At 6 months, 17 patients (85%) experienced complete symptomatic relief, 1 (5%) had partial relief, and 2 (10%) reported no relief. Moreover, the nasolacrimal duct was patent in 17 patients, partially patent in 2, and blocked in 1. We conclude that endoscopic endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy is a safe and effective procedure in children with nasolacrimal duct blockage when medical therapy and probing have been unsuccessful.

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