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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135-137

A comparative study of the results of endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy with and without stent placement

1 Department of ENT, INHS Kalyani, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of ENT, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Surg Cdr Rahul Naga
Department of ENT, INHS Asvini, Mumbai - 400 005, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmms.jmms_31_18

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Background: Nasolacrimal duct (NLD) obstruction is a common clinical entity encountered both by ophthalmologists as well as otorhinolaryngologists. Endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) has emerged as a gold standard surgery for treatment of this disorder. Silicone stents are often promoted as agents to maintain patency of surgically created fistula during postoperative period in this surgery. Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate and compare the outcomes of endoscopic DCR with and without silicone stenting. Materials and Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted. Totally 50 patients with acquired NLD obstruction were enrolled in the study and were randomly assigned to two groups: Group I underwent the surgery with silicone stent placement while the Group II underwent the surgery without stent placement. The patients were evaluated in terms of relief of symptoms and postoperative complications. Results: The overall success rate for endoscopic DCR in this study was 90% which is comparable with the reports in the literature. Success rate for patients with placement of stent was 92% and without stenting was 88%. However, there was no significant statistical difference between the two groups. Conclusion: Use of silicone stents does not influence results of Endoscopic DCR.

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