Endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy: our experience


  • Jyothi A.C. Department of ENT & HNS, Navodaya Medical College and Research Center, Raichur, Karnataka, India
  • Ajay Kumar Department of ENT & HNS, Navodaya Medical College and Research Center, Raichur, Karnataka, India
  • Prawahar Chiluveru Department of ENT & HNS, Navodaya Medical College and Research Center, Raichur, Karnataka, India




Nasolacrimal obstruction, Dacryocystorhinostomy


Background: The purpose of the study was to determine the outcome and safety of endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (ENDO-DCR) with the use of silicon stents in nasolacrimal duct obstruction.

Methods: This study was done in the department of otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery, Navodaya Medical College and Research Centre, Raichur, from January 2013 to June 2015, with a total of 82cases (10 cases with bilateral disease) underwent a standardized procedure, with an endonasal approach to the lacrimal sac, surgical removal of nasal mucosa, lacrimal bone, and a fragment of the frontal process of the maxilla. The medial wall of the lacrimal sac was removed completely and canalicular silicone intubation tube was placed for six weeks post operatively. Main outcome measures were resolution of epiphora, absence of discharge, and patency of the ostium confirmed by irrigation and endoscopic evaluation of neo osteum at 6 weeks.

Results: The ENDO-DCR procedure with adjunctive canalicular silicon intubation tube was successful in 78 (95%) cases. No significant complications were encountered during or after operative period

Conclusions: Endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy with canalicular silicon intubation for shorter duration (6 weeks) is a safe and successful procedure for the treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction in adults as well as in children with a success rate of 95%.


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