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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 261-262


1 Department of ENT, Yenepoya Medical College, Nithyananda Nagara, Deralakatte, Karnataka, India
2 Department of ENT, K S Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication11-Nov-2014

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KS Gangadhara Somayaji
Department of ENT, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.144368

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Somayaji KG, Aroor R, Nalapad A M, Jones K T. Dacryocystocele . Arch Med Health Sci 2014;2:261-2

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  Case Report Top

A 78-year-old lady presented to ENT outpatient with history of watering of left eye since 3 years and painless gradually progressing swelling on the medial aspect of the left eye of 6 months duration [Figure 1]. On examination, the swelling was globular, 2 × 2.5 cm, firm, non-tender, transilluminant and non-compressible situated below and medial to medial canthus on left side extending over the bridge of the nose. Right eye was normal. Syringing revealed a block at the level of common canaliculus. ENT examination was normal. A provisional diagnosis of left dacryocystocele was made. In view of non-fluctuant and firm nature of the swelling, an MRI scan was taken. It was suggestive of a fluid-filled lesion of the left lacrimal sac [Figure 2]. The mass was excised through external incision, and dacryocystectomy was done. The contents of the swelling were mucoid, and the histopathology was consistent with chronic inflammation.
Figure 1: Showing the swelling below and medial to left medial canthus

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Figure 2: MRI Image showing the swelling involving the left lacrimal sac

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  Discussion Top

Dacryocystoceles, also called lacrimal mucoceles and amniocelesare secondary to proximal and distal nasolacrimal pathway obstruction resulting lacrimal sac enlargement. [1] Though more commonly seen in infants and young children, occasional cases have been reported in the adults and elderly age group. [2] Extensive mucoceles extending into orbit, intranasally and over the bridge of the nose have been reported. [3] Patients may present with nasal obstruction, watering of the eye, and features of dacryocystitis. Confirmation of the diagnosis is by CT or MRI. [4] When seen in neonates, medical treatment including massage, antibiotic eye drops, and warm compression may be tried. Occasional cases may require probing. [1] However, larger swellings in adults and elderly will require excision through external or endonasal approach depending on the status of common canaliculus. [3]

  References Top

1.Wasserman BN, Schnall BM, Levin AV. Sequential bilateral dacryocele. Arch Opthalmaol 2011;129:104-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Sagili S, Thaung CM, Malhotra R. Lacrimal sac mucocele. Br J Opthalmol 2013;97:106.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Krisnamurthy G, Padmavar BU, Desai Y. An encysted lacrimal mucocele with orbital extension. Indian J Opthalmol 1977;25:40-1.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Koch BL. Case 73: Nasolacrimal duct mucocele. Radiology 2004;232:370-2.  Back to cited text no. 4


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