Diode laser photoablation to correct distal nasolacrimal duct atresia in an adult horse

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Diode laser photoablation to correct distal nasolacrimal duct atresia in an adult horse 

pubblicato su Veterinary Ophthalmology (2014) 1–5 DOI:10.1111/vop.12164 

An 8-year-old Hanoverian mare was presented for chronic mucopurulent discharge in the left eye, which was responsive to topical antibiotic therapy. The nasolacrimal orifice was absent in the left nasal meatum, and anterograde irrigation of left nasolacrimal duct was not possible. Dacryocystorhinography was performed and revealed about 4-6 cm of distal nasolacrimal duct atresia. A novel technique was attempted with the horse under standing sedation using an urinary catheter and a 980 nm diode laser with a 600 lm diameter flexible bare quartz fiber. A nasolacrimal orifice was successfully created by ablating the nasal mucosa directly over the tip of the urinary catheter, and patency was maintained with a soft catheter sutured in place for 4 weeks. At 3 months re-evaluation, the left nasolacrimal duct was patent and functional.

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