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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Purulent dacryocystitis

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: External Disease

purulent dacryocystitis OD

Dacryocystorhinostomy was a common approach to resistant chronic dacryocystitis in the Kurji Holy Family Hospital Eye Clinic 1951 through 1968. With rare exception the patient was female. The usual explanation for this sex difference lies in the width of the nasolacrimal canal - it is normally wider in the male and therefore less prone to obstruction.

Purulent dacryocystitis

purulent dacryocystitis O.S.

Digital pressure over the infected tear sac causes the expulsion of purulent material. Dacryocystorhinostmy
under general anesthesia was performed by Dr. Caccamise - a frequent procedure at the Kurji Holy Family Hospital Eye Clinic.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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