Silicone tube intubation for lacrimal obstruction Yuji Yamaguchi 1 , Kumiko Kikuchi 1 , Hiroyuki Murata 1 , Yutaka Kohmoto 1 1Dept of Ophthalmol, Social Insurance Saitama Cent Hosp pp.923-926
Published Date 1992/6/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1410901212
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We treated 47 eyes with obstructed lacrimal passage by intubation of silicone tube in the naso-lacrimal duct. The tube was removed after 3 months. The treatment was successful in 32 eyes, 68%. The failure was due to reobstruction of the lacrimal passage after removal of the tube in 5 outof the 15 eyes. The remaining 10 eyes showed obstruction of the silicone tube before removal. Persistent dacryocystitis or paranasal sinusitis was present in 6 of the 10 eyes. The present method is recommended as a first choice to relieve obstructed lacrimal passage excepting cases with chronic inflammation and cicatrization.

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