Hamad M. Alsulaiman , Dalal R. Fatani , Osama Al Sheikh , Sahar Elkhamary , Azza Maktabi , Hind M. Alkatan & Silvana Artioli Schellini
The authors are describing two rare cases of dacryops involving the Krause accessory lacrimal glands and affecting the orbit. In both cases, the lesion was located in the inferior fornix, with no preceding trauma, surgery or trachomatous conjunctival scarring. The first case involved a clear orbital extension with evidence of optic nerve compression. The second case extended from the anterior orbit to the limbus. Both had surgical removal with good outcome. As Krause gland dacryops are similar to other orbital cysts, clinical, imaging and histopathologic evaluation are essential to confirm the final diagnosis.
Albert Wu , David S Curragh , Rebecca Morrow , Dinesh Selva & Garry Davis
Sebaceous carcinoma (SC) is the third most common eyelid malignancy in Australia, and is potentially fatal. It usually presents as a nodule or diffuse eyelid thickening, and is commonly misdiagnosed. We describe a case of SC with lacrimal sac involvement, presenting with clinical features of nasolacrimal duct obstruction. At the time of endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), nasal endoscopy revealed a polypoid mass of the opened lacrimal sac. Biopsy of the mass showed poorly differentiated SC. The lacrimal drainage apparatus was later excised via a combined external and endoscopic approach. Conjunctival map biopsies showed extensive intraepithelial disease, which was treated with topical mitomycin C. At three-month follow-up, there was no evidence of residual disease on nasal endoscopy or repeat conjunctival biopsy.
Aric Vaidya , Tushar Sarbajna , Hirohiko Kakizaki & Yasuhiro Takahashi
A 35-year-old woman complained of an unpleasant odor for a few days after a change in foundation cream. The patient had previously undergone conjunctivo-dacryocystorhinostomy with a Jones tube fixed with non-absorbable suture. Slit-lamp examination revealed an orange-colored discharge in the tube. A culture test of the discharge showed Corynebacterium kroppenstedtii (1+), Aspergillus versicolor (1+), and Mycobacterium chelonae (1+). After medical treatment and suture removal, the discharge completely disappeared. This is the first reported case of a Jones tube infection following conjunctivo-dacryocystorhinostomy with multiple microorganisms, including C. kroppenstedtii.
Edward J. Wladis , Hirah Khan & Valerie H. Chen
To compare the outcomes of patients with and without a history of dacryocystitis that undergo dacryocystorhinostomy without systemic intra- and post-operative antibiotics.
A retrospective review was performed to identify all cases of patients that received surgery under this paradigm and had at least three months of follow up care. Key demographic and outcome data were captured, and a statistical analysis was performed via a dedicated software package (Microsoft Excel, Redmond, WA).
For the study period, 83 patients without and 69 patients with a history of dacryocystitis were identified, and the two groups were not statistically significantly different in age, gender, or postoperative follow up duration (mean = 6.4 months for patients without and 6.3 months for those with dacryocystitis, respectively). No patient developed a postoperative infection or a recurrence of dacryocystitis during the follow up period.
While many surgeons routinely use systemic antibiotics in patients with a history of dacryocystitis who undergo dacryocystorhinostomy, these agents may not be necessary. As a result, patients may be able to avoid the complications and side effects inherent to systemic antibiotics. Large-scale, prospective studies will likely help to further clarify this issue.
Nandini Bothra , Abhimanyu Sharma , Oshin Bansal & Mohammad Javed Ali
To describe the outcomes of punctal dilatation and non-incisional canalicular curettage in patients with infectious canaliculitis.
A retrospective analysis of 53 canaliculi of 47 eyes of 46 consecutive patients diagnosed with canaliculitis was performed from November 2015 to December 2018. All patients were treated with punctal dilatation and a non-incisional canalicular curettage. Parameters studied include demographics, clinical presentation, microbiological analysis, management and treatment outcomes. The outcome measures were clinical resolution of canaliculitis and resolution of epiphora.
The mean age at presentation was 59.34 years with female preponderance (M:F = 19:28). Left eye was more affected (64%, n = 30) as compared to the right (36%, n = 17). Only one patient presented bilaterally. Lower canaliculus was most commonly involved (68%, n = 32). Six eyes showed involvement of both upper and lower canaliculus. Presenting symptoms include discharge (81%), swelling of the eyelids (64%), watering (55%), redness (51%) and pain (39%). Punctal dilatation and non-incisional canalicular curettage were performed using punctum dilator and a small chalazion scoop (1 mm Meyhoefer chalazion curette). Of the 53 involved canaliculi, 14 canaliculi of 14 eyes underwent a repeat curettage for complete resolution and 1 canaliculus underwent the same procedure thrice. The most common micro-organisms isolated were Streptococci species (28% cases). At a mean follow-up of 6.8 months, resolution of canaliculitis was achieved in all patients; however, epiphora persisted in two eyes (4%).
Non-incisional canalicular curettage is a minimally invasive technique with good preservation of the punctal and canalicular anatomy. It also facilitates good anatomical and functional outcomes in infectious canaliculitis
Zuzana Sipkova , Ebube E. Obi , Oyinka Olurin , Peter M. Mota , Oana Vonica & Andrew R. Pearson
Assessment of lacrimal resistance in patients with patent lacrimal systems is important in determining whether dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) surgery is appropriate. Current techniques, including lacrimal syringing and dacryoscintigraphy (DSG), can be unreliable. We compare the results of a manometric tear duct test (mTDT) irrigation technique with DSG in these patients.
All symptomatic patients in a specialist lacrimal clinic had full work-up apart from syringing. Lacrimal resistance was assessed using mTDT which applies a fixed head of fluid pressure via a cannula sealed to punctum. Conventional syringing was also performed in cases with abnormal mTDT. Symptomatic patients with delayed tear clearance, no external cause for watering and patent lacrimal systems had DSG. MTDT and DSG results were compared, including in asymptomatic fellow eyes.
105 tear ducts were examined, 85 symptomatic. Symptomatic eyes had a significantly higher mean mTDT resistance (p = .0003) and more had abnormal mTDT (52%) compared to asymptomatic eyes (10%). Although mean tear duct resistance was higher in those with nasolacrimal duct stenosis (NLDS) than freely patent (FP) on syringing (8.5 vs 10.8 dpm), this was not significant (p = .6). High proportions of both FP and NLDS groups had no flow at all on mTDT (60% and 53%, respectively). DSG showed no significant difference in the symptomatic versus asymptomatic eyes (p = .36), nor between those with a normal or abnormal mTDT (p = .25), nor between FP and NLDS groups (p = .25).
In contrast to DSG, the mTDT provides valuable, objective information on lacrimal resistance that can guide a decision to DCR surgery.
Kevin B. H. Vo , Mark J. Lucarelli & Suzanne W. van Landingham
This report presents two cases of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)-associated dacryocystitis. Both patients presented with preseptal edema. Orbital computed tomography (CT) scans were performed out of concern for orbital cellulitis and revealed soft tissue edema involving the preseptal aspect of the eyelids and also the lacrimal sac. Both patients were initially diagnosed with bacterial preseptal cellulitis with dacryocystitis and admitted for treatment with intravenous antibiotics. After no improvement on antibiotics, both patients were noted to have exam findings consistent with viral conjunctivitis, and one patient had a positive conjunctival swab for adenovirus. Both patients were subsequently treated with topical steroids, and symptoms improved. EKC has previously been identified as a cause of acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction and canalicular stenosis, and acute inflammation of the lacrimal apparatus may explain this link. Dacryocystitis may also be contributory to the copious tearing seen in patients with epidemic keratoconjunctivitis.
Akshay Gopinathan Nair, Indumati Gopinathan, Vandana Jain
Ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN) encompasses a variety of conjunctival and corneal epithelial tumors including dysplasia, carcinoma in situ, and invasive carcinoma. OSSN commonly affects the interpalpebral conjunctiva and typically arises from the nasal limbus as a solitary growth. It is generally believed that these tumor cells originate from dysfunctional limbal stem cells that have been altered by various mutagenic agents, such as UV radiation; however, these lesions can also be seen to extend across the limbus to involve the cornea. Rarely, OSSN may be seen to arise from atypical locations such as the palpebral conjunctiva.,, In addition, there have been documented cases of squamous cell carcinoma of the lacrimal sac and canaliculus presenting as punctal masses and canaliculitis as well.,, To the best of our knowledge, there has been no previous documented case of conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma presenting as an isolated peri-punctal mass with no involvement of the lacrimal sac. This study was adherent with the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki.
Nandini Bothra, Kavya Madhuri Bejjanki, Mohammad Javed Ali
“Gossypibioma” is a Latin word, “gossypium” meaning cotton and “boma” meaning place of concealment and is used to describe a retained surgical sponge or surgical gauze. It is also referred to as “Textiloma” or “retained foreign object” (RFO). A retained surgical sponge in the nasal cavity is rare, as the nasal cavity is visible to the naked eye. A 67-year-old man presented with a foul-smelling discharge and bleeding from left nostril since 3 months. Past history revealed that a left-sided endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) was performed elsewhere, 3 months ago. On endoscopic evaluation, retained gauze with discharge [Figure 1]a and diffuse granulation tissue in and around it was noted [Figure 1]b. The granulation tissue along with the retained gauze [[Figure 1]b inset] was removed under endoscopic guidance followed by triamcinolone acetate injection into the base of the residual granuloma [Figure 1]c. Postoperatively, nasal steroids and decongesants along with oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents were used. After 1 month, repeat endoscopic evaluation revealed a total cicatricial closure of the ostium and synechiae between the septum and the lateral nasal wall along the expected lines in such clinical scenarios [Figure 1]d.
Rajat D Maheshwari, Maanvi Maheshwari
Purpose: Pigtail probe as a procedure of choice for canalicular laceration. Methods: Retrospective, consecutive interventional case series of patients with eyelid laceration involving the canaliculus undergoing repair. All patients were subjected to repair with pigtail probe as first choice and only if this was not possible, they were repaired by other method. Outcome was analyzed in terms of cosmetic, functional, and anatomic success. Results: A total of 35 patients (mean age, 10.88 years) underwent eyelid and canaliculus repair by a single surgeon (RM). In all, 32 (91.42%) canalicular lacerations were repaired by annular intubation using a pigtail probe, while the remaining 3 (8.58%) lacerations in which pigtail probe intubation was not possible, were repaired by an alternative method. Upper canaliculus was involved in 6 (17.14%) and lower canaliculus in 29 (82.86%) eyes. Mean follow-up was 8.2 months (range 3–13 months). Intubation tubes were removed after at least 3 months (range 12–20 weeks). None of the patients had complaints of epiphora. All the patients had good cosmesis, anatomic alignment and functional success as assessed by dye disappearance test in younger children and lacrimal irrigation in older children and adults. Conclusion: Bicanalicular annular repair with pigtail probe achieved excellent functional and cosmetic results. The loop minimizes the chances of extrusion of the tube, maintains natural anatomic alignment of the cut ends of the canaliculus and thus retains the integrity of the delicate canalicular system. Pigtail probe intubation can be considered as the first choice in canalicular lacerations.