Success Rate After First Probing and Syringing in Infants of Age Between 6-9-Months with Epiphora Due to Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction.

Tahir Mahmood Khan, Ashal Kaiser Pal, Asad Aslam Khan


Objectives: To evaluate the success rate of probing and syringing in children with epiphora. Study Design: Case series. Materials & Methods: Twenty three infants (15 males and 8 females) with congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction with ages between 6-9 months were observed for 6 months. They underwent first surgical intervention of probing and syringing with pyodine mixed solution. Procedure was performed under general anesthesia. Immediate success was declared as soaking of gauze packing with pyodine mixed solution. Final outcome was observed after six weeks at which absence of epiphora was considered as success. Results: Out of 23 patients, there were 12 (65.22%) males and 11 (34.78%) females. After six weeks follow-up, overall success rate was 82.61% (n=19). Conclusion: Probing and syringing in infants of less than nine months is an effective surgical method to treat epiphora which is not relieved with non surgical measures. Key Words:  Epiphora, Probing and syringing. Nasolacrimal Passage, Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction (CNLDO)

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