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Abstract: Case study of plug complication

J Laryngol Otol. 2009 Jan;123(1):129-30. Epub 2008 Jun 9.
Common canalicular obstruction secondary to the use of Herrick lacrimal plugs, requiring endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy.

Dolan L, MacEwen CJ, White P.
Department of Ophthalmology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK. lynnedolan@doctors.org.uk

We report the case of a 40-year-old woman who developed left common canalicular obstruction following insertion of a lacrimal plug. The patient underwent endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy, revealing the presence of the lacrimal plug occluding the common canaliculus. The patient experienced symptomatic improvement of her epiphora post-operatively.
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