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Nasolacrimal injury

Last revised by Henry Knipe on 15 Sep 2019

Nasolacrimal injuries are reported to be common and may result in temporary or permanent dysfunction. 

Fracture of the nasolacrimal apparatus has been reported in ~10% of patients with craniofacial fracture, with ~10% of these reporting symptoms of epiphora or dacryocystitis 1

Injuries may be osseous or soft tissue. The lower canaliculus and/or common canaliculus are the most common part of the nasolacrimal apparatus to be injured with the nasolacrimal duct the second most common part 2.

Nasolacrimal injuries can be 1,2:

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