Silicone tube intubation of the lacrimal drainage system

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979 Jul;97(7):1318-22. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020060014.


We report 158 silicone tubes placed in the lacrimal drainage systems in 150 patients. Intubation is indicated in the following: congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction, fresh canalicular lacerations, primary canalicular disease, complicated dacryocystorhinostomies, canaliculorhinostomies, and failed dacryocystorhinostomies. The procedure may be useful prophylactically before surgery or radiation of the medial canthal region.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intubation / instrumentation*
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / injuries
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / therapy*
  • Lacrimal Duct Obstruction / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Silicones


  • Silicones