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October 1977

Repair of Occluded Lower Canaliculus

Author Affiliations

From the Ophthalmic Plastic Service, Brooklyn (NY) Eye and Ear Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(10):1839-1840. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450100141020

• Epiphora resulting from traumatic occlusion of the inferior canaliculus has long been a vexing problem. A simple operation to cure some of these cases consists of unroofing the proximal portion of the canaliculus with use of a smooth-tipped pigtail probe passed from above as a guide. Prerequisites for the operation are a patent superior canaliculus, sac, and proximal segment of the inferior canaliculus. Epiphora was corrected in five of seven eyes with this surgery.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:1839-1840, 1977)

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