Study details common causes, outcomes of canalicular lacerations

PHILADELPHIA — Delayed repair of canalicular lacerations was associated with significantly increased tear production, according to a study presented here. “We found that most of these injuries were incurred by young males. The most common etiology was blunt accidental trauma,” Blair K. Armstrong, MD, said at the Wills Eye Annual Conference. “We identified a complication rate: 6.8% infection and 24.6% early extrusion. We also noted that 28% of patients reported tearing. [Prompt repair] is associated with better outcomes, and older patients are more likely to experience tearing.”

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