DCR- Dacryocystorhinostomy (Inflammation of lacrimal sac)

Inflammation of lacrimal sac in known as dacryocystitis. If this inflammation persists for more than a month, it is known as chronic dacryocystitis.

If inflammation occurs with acute infection of the lacrimal sac within a few days, then it is known as acute dacryocystitis. It is more common in females between 40-60yrs of age. If chronic inflammation of the lacrimal sac occurring in newborn infants, then it's known as congenitaldacryocystitis.

  • Regurgitation test
  • NLD syringing
  • Dacryocystography
  • Fluorescein dye disappearance test (FDDT)
  • lacrimal sac probing for infants below one year if age under General anesthesia
  • External Dacryocystorhinostomy, in this procedure, we make an alternate passage for drainage of tear and secretions by creating an anastomosis between lacrimal sac and nasal cavity.

What are the benefits & risks of DCR - Dacryocystorhinostomy ?

The outcomes of DCR - Dacryocystorhinostomy depend on several factors and conditions suffered by the patient in the past.

The benefits of DCR - Dacryocystorhinostomy include

  • Proper tear drainage
  • Reduced chances of ocular surface Infections
  • Avoids acute exacerbations

The risks of DCR - Dacryocystorhinostomy include

  • Obstruction of the passage
  • Nasolacrimal infections
  • Bleeding

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