Data are reported on a series of 52 endoscopic procedures of dacryocystorhinostomy, performed in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the Hospital of Varese, between May 1999 and February 2003. The study population comprised 42 patients (32 female, 10 male. mean age 57 and 51 years, respectively) with naso-lacrimal obstruction. In all cases, pre-operative diagnosis consisted in irrigation of the lacrimal pathways, confirmed on dacryocystography; in selected cases, an additional computed tomography examination was carried out. All procedures were performed under general anaesthesia and surgical times were recorded; mean time for primary dacryocystorhinostomy was 30 minutes. A silicone tube was inserted in all patients for a period of 3 months. The procedure was successful in 81% of primary dacryocystorhinostomy cases and in 75% of revision dacryocystorhinostomy cases. Personal clinical and surgical experience, focusing on surgical techniques used in dacryocystorhinostomy, is described.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2005|
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