Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Nasolacrimal duct: lavage

Contributor(s): Keith Barnett, Paul E Miller, Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • Catheterization of the nasolacrimal drainage apparatus via the puncta or nasal punctum is possible in the horse.
  • Lavage of the nasolacrimal system can be used for diagnosis of nasolacrimal disorders or to facilitate treatment of the nasolacrimal system and treatment of associated conditions.

Uses

  • Assessing patency of drainage apparatus.
  • Obtaining samples for culture and sensitivity.
  • Flushing apparatus to maintain patency following surgery or for treatment of dacryocystitis.
  • Introduction of contrast media in dacryocystorhinography.

Advantages

  • Relatively easy to perform in standing horses.
  • Minimal equipment and expense.

Disadvantages

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Moore C P (1992) Eyelid and nasolacrimal diseaseVet Clin NA Equine Pract (3), 499-519 PubMed.


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