Saraniya Sathiamoorthi, Ryan D Frank, Brian G Mohney
Background/aims The literature on the prevalence and demographics of congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (CNLDO) is 30–70 years old and largely comprises small sample sizes. This study provides epidemiological findings of this common disorder from the largest cohort reported to date.
Methods The medical records of all children (<5 years of age) residing in Olmsted County, Minnesota, when diagnosed with CNLDO from 1 January 1995 through 31 December 2004, were reviewed.
Results Of 17 713 newborns born during the 10-year study period, 1998 were diagnosed with CNLDO, yielding a birth prevalence of one in nine live births. The diagnosis was made in approximately 90% by a primary care physician, at a median age of 5 weeks, with no gender predilection. Compared with the reference population, CNLDO was associated with premature birth (p=0.005) and was more prevalent among Caucasians (p<0.001). Two-thirds of patients initially presented with discharge alone, 18% with tearing alone and 15% with both discharge and tearing.
Conclusions In this large population-based cohort, CNLDO occurred in one in nine live births with no gender predilection. Prematurity and Caucasian race were associated with the development of CNLDO. Mucopurulent discharge was a much more common feature than tearing at initial presentation.
Yi Zhang, Yu Fan, Jinlu Fan, Yanhui Cui
To evaluate the surgical intervention and its effect on congenital dacryocystocele.
A total of 531 children with congenital dacryocystocele admitted to the Department of Ophthalmology of Beijing Children’s Hospital, Shanghai Aier Eye Hospital, Nanjing Aier Eye Hospital, and the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinzhou Medical University between January 2007 and January 2017 were retrospectively analyzed.
A total of 531 patients were followed up for 3–24 months, with an average of 13.3 months. No serious intraoperative complications (such as bleeding and tissue damage) and postoperative complications (bleeding, infection, and hole atresia) were found. We classified the outcomes into three categories based on the signs (overflowing tears and empyema) and objective routine follow-up by endoscopy. Cure indicated that mass, overflow of tears, and breathing difficulties disappeared, and 81.5% cases (433/531) were postoperatively cured. Improvement indicated disappearance of mass, overflow empyema, and the presence of residual tears (due to trocar and tears puncture), and 18.5% cases (98/531) were postoperatively improved. Unhealed indicated overflowing pus and tears, and 0% cases did not heal after surgery.
Nasal endoscopic surgery is relatively safe, with high success rate for treatment of congenital dacryocystocele. Systematic training is required to promote the application of nasal endoscopy, so that more ophthalmologists can learn this technique.
Omer Karti, Eyyup Karahan, Durgul Acan, Tuncay Kusbeci
This study aimed to examine the rate of symptomatic improvement of congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (CNLDO) in infants treated with conservative management within the first year of age. Other purpose of the study is to emphasize the relationship between spontaneous resolution time and effective lacrimal sac massage. Thirty-one infants were diagnosed to have CNLDO by an ophthalmologist prior to 3 months of age. In this study, 36 eyes of 31 patients were included with CNLDO. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 (28 eyes of 24 patients) was consisted of the patients who were applied effective lacrimal sac massage regularly during the follow-up period, and patients whose parents did not apply a regular lacrimal passage regularly were accepted as group 2 (8 eyes of 7 patients). Thirty-three eyes of 31 patients (18 rights and 15 left) successfully resolved with only conservative management (91.6 %). In these thirty-three eyes, one eye (3 %) resolved between 0 and 3 months, fourteen eyes (42.5 %) resolved between 4 and 6 months, eleven eyes (33.3 %) resolved between 7 and 9 months, and seven eyes (21.2 %) resolved between 10 and 12 months. CNLDO was resolved in 27 (96.2 %) of 28 eyes in group 1, and in group 2, six eyes (77.7 %) had resolvement. This difference was statistically significant (p = 0.001). The mean age of resolution was 6.8 ± 1.88 months in group 1, 10.3 ± 1.5 months in group 2 (p < 0.001). In light of our study, we believe that conservative management of CNLDO is highly successful. Our study provided a possible objective explanation for the efficacy of lacrimal sac massage. Emphasizing the importance of the massage to parents and describing in detail can reduce the risk of unnecessary surgical interventions.