May 2007
Volume 48, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2007
Analysis of Acquired Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction in Young Adults
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • S. Y. Fu
    Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • M. T. Yen
    Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
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    Commercial Relationships S.Y. Fu, None; M.T. Yen, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2007, Vol.48, 3148. doi:
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      S. Y. Fu, M. T. Yen; Analysis of Acquired Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction in Young Adults. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):3148.

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Purpose:: To analyze the etiologies, methods of repair and outcomes, as well as complications of nasalacrimal duct obstruction in young adults who have undergone a dacryocystorhinostomy.

Methods:: Retrospective chart review of patients from ages eighteen to sixty-five from the past four years at Baylor College of Medicine Cullen Eye Institute. All patients had confirmed nasolacrimal duct obstruction after probing and irrigation. Dacryocystorhinostomy was performed and outcomes were determined by postoperative examination.

Results:: A total of twenty cases from nineteen patients were reviewed. Patient age ranged from 21 to 61 years. There were fourteen female and five male patients. There were no surgical complications. We found that acquired lacimal drainage obstruction in young adults result from a wide variety of causes, including 7 inflammatory, 8 infectious, 1 traumatic, 2 mechanical and 1 neoplastic etiologies.

Conclusions:: The etiologies of acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction in young adults are different from congenital and senile nasolacrimal duct obstruction.

Keywords: orbit • anatomy 

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