Nishi Gupta, Poonam Singla, Sunil Kumar, Suma Ganesh, Nidhi Dhawan, Parul Sobti & Shreya AggarwalRead More
Purpose: To highlight the importance of dacryoendoscopy in recognizing the factors responsible for failure with successful recanalization obviating the need for dacryocystorhinostomy in a few selective cases.
Method: A retrospective study of 13 children undergoing dacryoendoscopy for refractory congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (CNLDO) was carried out during a period of 3 years from 2016 to 2018. Children with single or multiple failed probings were included in the study.
Results: Out of the total 13 cases included in the study there 9 males and 4 females. The age ranged from 9 months to 36 months with the involvement of the right side in 7 cases and the left side in 6 cases. Four cases had dysgenesis of bony nasolacrimal duct (NLD), 4 cases had dacryolith, 3 cases had an intact membrane at the lower end of NLD and 2 cases had fibrosis of the lower end of NLD and the surrounding area in the inferior meatus (IM) following multiple interventions, (Table 1). Dacryoendoscopic recanalization was done in 7 cases while the endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) was done in 6 cases. A successful outcome was achieved in all the cases and at the end of 6 months, all the children remained asymptomatic.
Conclusions: Dacryoendoscopy (DEN) facilitates direct examination of the nasolacrimal system and thus has an added advantage over nasal endoscopy assisted probing in the refractory cases of CNLDO.