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March 1990

Management of Congenital Lacrimal Sac Fistula

Author Affiliations
From the Department of Ophthalmology, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City (Drs Birchansky and Nerad), and the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati (Ohio) Hospitals (Drs Kersten and Kulwin).
Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(3):388-390. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070050086037

• Fourteen patients who were treated for symptomatic congenital lacrimal sac fistula were retrospectively reviewed to evaluate surgical success. Excision of the fistula alone was performed on 9 patients and excision with nasolacrimal intubation on 5 patients (to our knowledge, the latter has not been previously described in the English literature). None of the 14 patients were symptomatic postoperatively during a mean follow-up of 16 months, with a range from 3 to 39 months. We conclude that dacryocystorhinostomy is usually not necessary to successfully treat symptomatic congenital lacrimal sac fistula.