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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 106  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-77

Effect of lacrimal silicone intubation in persistant epiphora after an anatomically successful but functionally failed dacryocystorhinostomy (Mansoura technique)

Mansoura Ophthalmic Center, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Abd-Elmonem A Elhesy
MD, Mansoura Ophthalmic Center, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, 35516 Mansoura
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.7123/01.JEO.0000431542.96464.8c

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To investigate the effectiveness of lacrimal silicone intubation for management of epiphora in patients who had undergone a dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) (the Mansoura technique) with anatomical success but with functional failure.

Patients and methods

The study included 20 patients (six men and 14 women, one of them bilateral) who experienced persistent epiphora after an anatomically successful primary external DCR (Mansoura technique) and who underwent lacrimal silicone intubation through the previous DCR site.


The mean patient age was 40 years (range 20–60 years) and mean follow-up duration was 10 months (range 6–14 years). Epiphora was resolved in 18 patients following silicone intubation.


Lacrimal silicone intubation is an easy and effective procedure for patients with epiphora after an anatomically successful external DCR Mansoura T-tube technique.

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