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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 349-352

Probing for congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction in older children

Department of Ophthalmology, Farabi Eye Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Masoud Aghsaei Fard
Farabi Eye Research Center, Qazvin Sq., Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.120018

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of probing in congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction in children age 2 years and older and to establish factors predictive of the outcome. Materials and Methods: A prospective study was conducted on consecutive patients older than 24 months with congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction. All patients were treated with a simple nasolacrimal duct probing as primary treatment. Outcome measures included an ophthalmologic examination plus a parental history of residual symptoms at one and 6 months after surgery. Results: A total of 82 children with a mean age of 34.5 months (range, 24 months to 60 months) underwent nasolacrimal duct probing. The complete response rate was 54%. Partial response and failure were observed in 25% and 20.8% of the eyes, respectively. Bilateral obstruction was associated with failure of probing (P = 0.007, Odds Ratio: 5.76). However, age older than 36 months was not associated with the failure rate. Conclusion: Primary probing maintains a high success rate without any age related decline in congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction.

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