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The natural course of congenital obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  739359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In order to establish the rate of spontaneous resolution of congenital obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct, 50 infants, referred from a local pediatric group practice over a period of five years, were followed from the time of first symptoms until 8 to 13 months of age. Among the 50 infants, 65 nasolacrimal ducts were blocked and 58 ducts in 44 patients opened spontaneously. Only seven ducts in six patients required probing for relief of the obstruction. During the same period another seven patients from various referral sources were seen because of noninflammatory swelling of the lacrimal sac at birth. These patients were also found to have nasolacrimal duct obstruction, but early surgical intervention was required in six of the seven patients to relieve the distention of the sac.
R A Petersen; R M Robb
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0191-3913     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus     Publication Date:    1978 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-04-25     Completed Date:  1979-04-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7901143     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  246-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Infant, Newborn
Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / surgery,  therapy*
Lacrimal Duct Obstruction / surgery,  therapy*
Mucocele / surgery,  therapy*
Remission, Spontaneous
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0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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