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September 1981


Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(9):1674. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930020548038

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This monograph is written by two radiologists associated with the Technical University in Munich, West Germany. It is based on their experience with more than 450 dacryocystograms. The injection into the canaliculus is made with a polyethylene catheter, which facilitates the procedure and seems to avoid damage to the lacrimal system. The contrast medium is injected under fluoroscopic control. A water-soluble material is used and observed with the fluoroscope. Whenever necessary or indicated, pictures are taken.

The monograph consists mainly of a series of dacryocystograms, which are complemented by excellent black-and-white sketches explaining the main features of the photograph. After many examples of normal dacryocystograms, the various obstructions, congenital anomalies, and traumatic changes are discussed and illustrated.

This is a most useful book for anybody who uses dacryocystography for the evaluation of pathologic changes in the excretory lacrimal system. Many ophthalmologists will object that the injection of this material does

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