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July 1979

Silicone Tube Intubation of the Lacrimal Drainage System

Author Affiliations

From the Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco. Dr Pashby is now with the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(7):1318-1322. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020060014

• We report 158 silicone tubes placed in the lacrimal drainage systems in 150 patients. Intubation is indicated in the following: congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction, fresh canalicular lacerations, primary canalicular disease, complicated dacryocystorhinostomies, canaliculorhinostomies, and failed dacryocystorhinostomies. The procedure may be useful prophylactically before surgery or radiation of the medial canthal region.