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Dacryoliths in chronic dacryocystitis and their composition (spectrophotometric analysis).
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PMID:  10651189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To present the findings from histological and chemical analysis of large dacryoliths and correlate them with previous reports. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Dacryoliths were found in 8% of 216 dacryocystorhinostomy operations. In two cases with mild chronic dacryocystitis, large dacryoliths were extracted. The first case was a 42-year-old male with three dacryoliths in a lacrimal sac, presenting diverticulum-like formations, the second was a 22-year-old woman with one dacryolith at the entrance of the nasolacrimal duct. Chemical analysis was based on atomic absorption spectrophotometry (F.AAS) and on atomic emission spectrometry (AES). Light histological examination was also done. RESULTS/CONCLUSIONS: The findings were the same in both cases. Histological examination revealed amorphous organic material, and limited areas with the characteristics of calcium salt depositions. Chemical analysis showed mainly organic material with only minimal inorganic material. Explanations are offered about the formation of these dacryoliths.
E Iliadelis; V Karabatakis; M Sofoniou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of ophthalmology     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1120-6721     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Ophthalmol     Publication Date:    1999 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-24     Completed Date:  2000-02-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9110772     Medline TA:  Eur J Ophthalmol     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  266-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Kyanous Stavros Clinic, Thessaloniki, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Calcium / analysis
Calculi / chemistry*
Dacryocystitis / pathology*
Magnesium / analysis
Middle Aged
Potassium / analysis
Sodium / analysis
Spectrophotometry, Atomic
Reg. No./Substance:
7439-95-4/Magnesium; 7440-09-7/Potassium; 7440-23-5/Sodium; 7440-70-2/Calcium

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