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NEVES, Renato Augusto et al. Temporary lacrimal oclusion with Catgut. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 1992, vol.55, n.5, pp.218-221. ISSN 1678-2925.

Dry eye is often a disease in which single therapeutic with eye drops in sometimes unsucessful, leading to the alternative of punctum occlusion.

The predictability of results of definitive occlusion could be achieved by temporary punctum plugs, although high costs.

Catgut 2-0 is an option to temporary lacrimal occlusion due to its self reabsortion in 10 days.

We performed lacrimal occlusion with Catgut in 22 patients with dry eye, Sjögren syndrome (8 patients- 36%), keratoconjuntivitis sicca (11 patients-50%) and Staphylococus chronic Blepharitis (2 patients-11%) 20 patients (90,9%) presented objective and subjective improvement. In 2 cases, although clinical features have improved the occlusion was not tolerated because of severe epiphora.

The Catgut is an important alternative in dry eye control in developing countries.

Keywords : olho seco; ceratoconjuntivite sicca; Sjögren; blefarite estafilocócica; vias lacrimais; oclusão do ponto lacrimal; tratamento do olho seco.

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