An endonasal approach was used to restore lacrimal drainage in both primary and secondary obstructions. Patients in the primary group had a history of keloid scar formation, or wished to avoid a scar and declined to have surgery performed via an external approach. Patients in the secondary group had undergone one or more previous unsuccessful lacrimal drainage repairs. A fibreoptic endonasal telescope, linked to a video monitor, and appropriate nasal and lacrimal instruments, were used. The approach proved highly successful, in both anatomical and functional terms, in each group. In the secondary group, the endonasal approach allowed direct visualisation and repair of both nasal and lacrimal causes of failure; this approach is our preference in this group. In the primary group, endonasal instrumentation had no advantage over a conventional external operation, other than avoiding a scar. The application of laser technology may make the endonasal approach a realistic option in primary DCRs as well.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|