Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction Secondary to Eosinophilic Chronic Rhinosinusitis: A Case Report

Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2024 May-Jun;40(3):e84-e86. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000002599. Epub 2024 Feb 5.


A 47-year-old Japanese woman presented with a 1-year history of right-sided epiphora. On initial consultation, the patient had a high right tear meniscus height. CT images revealed bilateral soft tissue opacification in the nasal cavity and maxillary, frontal, and ethmoid sinuses. The lesion in the right nasal cavity and maxillary sinus involved the right lacrimal sac and nasolacrimal duct. Blood test results showed elevated eosinophil count. Endoscopic sinus surgery and excisional biopsy of the nasolacrimal duct were performed. Histopathological examinations of the excised right nasolacrimal duct and nasal polyps from the nasal cavity and maxillary sinus showed high levels of eosinophilic inflammatory infiltrates. The definite diagnosis of eosinophilic chronic rhinosinusitis was made, based on clinical, radiological, and histopathological findings. At 1.5-year follow-up, tear meniscus height was normal, the lacrimal drainage system remained patent, and the rhinosinusitis did not recur.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Endoscopy
  • Eosinophilia* / complications
  • Eosinophilia* / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lacrimal Duct Obstruction* / diagnosis
  • Lacrimal Duct Obstruction* / etiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasolacrimal Duct* / diagnostic imaging
  • Nasolacrimal Duct* / pathology
  • Rhinitis* / complications
  • Rhinitis* / diagnosis
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • Sinusitis* / complications
  • Sinusitis* / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*