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March 1980

Radiological and Histological Findings of the Lacrimal Passages of Newborns

Author Affiliations

From the University Eye Hospital and Institute of Pathology, Münster, West Germany.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(3):528-532. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030524019

• By means of postmortem dacryocystograms and photomicrographs of histological slides, the topography and morphology of the lacrimal passages in premature and mature newborn infants are demonstrated. Because of the bends in the course of the lower tear duct, a percentage of probings will fail to effect satisfactory perforation of Hasner's membrane. In most cases the soft texture of this membrane requires no more than syringing under pressure using a hollow probe.

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