Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia
Print version ISSN 0034-7299
ARAUJO FILHO, Bernardo Cunha et al. Endoscopic dacryocystrhinostomy. Rev. Bras. Otorrinolaringol. [online]. 2005, vol.71, n.6, pp. 721-725. ISSN 0034-7299. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-72992005000600005.
Endonasal endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (EN-DCR) is now a well-established procedure to relieve nasolacrimal duct obstruction, becoming its domain for the ENT surgeons indispensable. AIM: The aim of the present study is to report the experience of the Otorhinolaryngology Department of the University of São Paulo Medical School in the management of the obstruction of the drainage of the nasolacrimal system by EN-DCR, comparing with the results in literature. STUDY DESIGN: clinical retrospective. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We reviewed the medical records of 17 patients (17 eyes) that were submitted to EN-DCR between april 2001 and july 2004. We analysed: sex, age at the time of diagnosis, etiology, clinical findings, surgical technique, use of silicone tubes, follow-up and complications. RESULTS: Eight men and nine women, the age range was from 29 to 79 years (mean 42.6413.1 years), mean follow-up time: 15 months, presented a lacrimal clinic with epiphora. Powered DCR was performed in 06 cases and YAG LASER in 01 patient. Silicone tubes were used in all cases and left in place mean 7.9 weeks. The surgical success rate was 82,3%. CONCLUSION: EN-DCR showed one safe technique, with advantages in relation to the external technique. So ophthalmologists and ENT physicians must work in harmony to offer more benefits to its patients.
Keywords : dacryocystrhinostomy; endoscopic; endonasal; dacryocystitis.