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Nasolacrimal Stenosis Overview

What is nasolacrimal stenosis?
A person with nasolacrimal stenosis has an obstructed lacrimal duct, which drains tears from the eyes, into the nose. This results in increased tearing from the eye. Causes of nasolacrimal stenosis include inflammation, injury, or infection.

What are the symptoms of nasolacrimal stenosis?
Symptoms of nasolacrimal stenosis include excessive tearing, eye redness, eye irritation, eye itching, eye discharge, and redness and swelling to the skin around the eye.

How does the doctor treat nasolacrimal stenosis?
Treatment for nasolacrimal stenosis may include tear duct massage, antibiotic eyedrops, and surgery to correct a blocked nasolacrimal duct.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Nasolacrimal Stenosis References
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