Mike A Bearn

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We retrospectively reviewed all primary external dacryocystorhinostomies (DCRs) and endonasal KTP laser DCRs performed for epiphora as a result of nasolacrimal duct obstruction in our unit between 1993 and 2000. Forty-nine patients underwent an external approach and 76 endonasal laser procedures were performed. The success rate of the external group was 94%(More)
INTRODUCTION Dacryocystorhinostomy via an endonasal route has been adopted in our department. This audit study describes and compares our results for external, laser endonasal and 'cold steel' endonasal techniques. Success was defined as a subjective report of eye watering being 'better' or 'cured'. Data were obtained from a retrospective review of the(More)
Inflammation in the nasal mucosa may lead to epiphora by causing edema around the orifice of the nasolacrimal duct. We present and discuss three cases where simple treatment of rhinitis led to the resolution of the presenting symptom of epiphora, avoiding the need for surgery. A randomized prospective trial of topical nasal corticosteroids in the management(More)
BACKGROUND Nasolacrimal duct obstruction, secondary to inflammation of the nasal mucosa, can result in epiphora. This can be treated successfully with topical corticosteroids, avoiding the need for surgery. This study tests the hypothesis that treating clinically significant rhinitis improves the symptoms of epiphora. METHODS A randomized controlled(More)
Endoscopic laser dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a recognized technique for the surgical treatment of epiphora. Nasolacrimal duct obstruction is surgically bypassed by creating a passage from the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity (rhinostomy). Some patients have undergone endonasal laser-assisted DCR, and were found to have an obstructed rhinostomy at(More)
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