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Experience With a Medpor-Coated Tear Drain

Wojno, Ted M.D.

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: September-October 2010 - Volume 26 - Issue 5 - p 327-329
doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e3181cb790f
Original Articles

Purpose: To determine the results with a Medpor-coated tear drain in conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy.

Methods: This was a retrospective case review of all patients who underwent conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy with a Medpor-coated tear drain by the author. The success rate and complications were determined.

Results: Sixteen patients had placement of 17 Medpor-coated tear drains. Twelve of the 16 patients (75%) were doing well at the last follow-up visit with a well-positioned, functioning tear drain tube. Four patients (25%) required tube removal for assorted reasons, 2 of whom had an early prototype of the tube.

Conclusion: The Medpor-coated tear drain is an effective device for bypass of the lacrimal drainage system in conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy. The current design of the tube should minimize complications while ensuring stable placement and retention.

A Medpor-coated tear drain is effective in conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy.

Department of Ophthalmology, The Emory Clinic, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Accepted for publication October 21, 2009.

Presented at the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 12, 2008.

The author has no financial interest.

Supported in part by an unrestricted grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Ted Wojno, M.D., The Emory Clinic-B, 1365 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30322, U.S.A. E-mail:

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