97th DOG Annual Meeting 1999
LACRIMAL SURGERY IN CHILDHOOD
Approximately 10% of all lacrimal surgical interventions studied over a period of 10 years were in patients aged less than 16 years.
The indications for surgery were chronic discharge, with or without a mucocele, watering, acute dacryocystitis, or the presence of a symptomatic fistula. The majority of patients had a developmental abnormity, but acquired obstruction due to trauma or inflammatory canalicular disease were also observed.
In experienced hands such surgery is safe and relief of symptoms is achieved in most cases particularly in those without canalicular disease.
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