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Articles  |   March 1994
Adult nasolacrimal duct obstruction
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Articles   |   March 1994
Adult nasolacrimal duct obstruction
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 1994, Vol. 94, 229. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1994.94.3.229
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 1994, Vol. 94, 229. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1994.94.3.229
Abstract

Tear production resulting from obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct is a common ophthalmic problem. The diagnosis and treatment of this condition require a thorough understanding of the lacrimal apparatus and its ocular and nasal relationships. Idiopathic or primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction is a syndrome of unknown etiology. Of all nontraumatic forms, it accounts for the vast majority of cases found in adults. The authors discuss a number of potential causes, some of them iatrogenic and discuss the technique of dacryocystorhinostomy, the standard surgical treatment, in detail.