Ann Plast Reconstr Surg | Volume 5, Issue 2 | Surgical Technique | Open Access

Dacryocystectomy: Why Lacrimal Sac Biopsy should be Mandatory

Jorge Schwember1*, Ariel Kurtzig2, Carlos Barria3, Luisa Madrid1 and Adriana Hernandez1

1Laser Center, La Serena, Chile
2University of Chile, School of Medicine, Chile
3Histomed, La Serena, Chile

*Correspondance to: Jorge Schwember 

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Dacryocystectomy, removal of the lacrimal sac, is a frequent oculoplastic surgical procedure. There are many causes for removing the lacrimal sac, the main one being chronic infection of the lacrimal drainage system. In this article, the authors report their experience with 27 patients operated on from 1998 to 2020 under local anesthesia. All the removed specimens were sent to a histopathologic study. The average follow-up time was 5 months with good results, excluding one patient who was derived to an oncologic ophthalmic center and whose evolution is unknown to us.


Dacryocystectomy; Dacryocystitis; Lacrimal sac biopsy; Lacrimal obstruction; Epiphora


Schwember J, Kurtzig A, Barria C, Madrid L, Hernandez A. Dacryocystectomy: Why Lacrimal Sac Biopsy should be Mandatory. Ann Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021;5(2):1076..

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