The pigtail probe protected by silicone intubation: a combined approach to canalicular reconstruction

Ophthalmic Surg. 1992 Apr;23(4):281-3.


We have devised a method of single-eyelid canalicular reconstruction using the pigtail probe to facilitate identification of the proximal canalicular segment following silicone stent intubation of the normal, uninjured canaliculus. A series of seven acute and two long-standing canalicular lacerations were successfully reconstructed using this technique, which minimizes the risks associated with the use of the pigtail probe.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Eye Injuries / surgery*
  • Eyelids / surgery
  • Humans
  • Intubation / instrumentation*
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / injuries
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / surgery*
  • Ophthalmology / instrumentation*
  • Silicone Elastomers*


  • Silicone Elastomers