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Comparison of endoscopic and external dacryocystorhinostomy in terms of operation success and patient satisfaction; A prospective study

Erdem Eris, Esra Vural, Zengibar Ozarslan, Sinan Bekmez, Hatun Nurcin, Ali Riza Cenk Celebi, Irfan Perente.

Aim: To compare the results of endoscopic endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy (endonasal-DCR) and external dacryocystorhinostomy (external-DCR) and to evaluate patient satisfaction after the procedures.
Materials and Methods: Patients who underwent dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) were examined prospectively. Demographic data, follow-up periods, success rates and complications were recorded. A patient satisfaction questionnaire was used for subjective evaluation.
Results: The mean age of external-DCR patients was 53.14 3.41 while it was 52.05 2.15 years years in patients who underwent endonasal-DCR procedure (p=0.074). The follow-up period ranged from 6 to 30 months. The success rates in the endonasal-DCR and external-DCR operations were 91.1% and 92.3%, respectively. The patient satisfaction was better in the endonasal-DCR as compared to external-DCR. Compared to external-DCR (17%), none of the endonasal-DCR patients had visible scars. The time it takes patients to return to daily routine was 12.4 2.71 days in external-DCR and, 5.10 0.99 days in endonasal-DCR (p

Key words: Dacryostenosis; external dacryocystorhinostomy; endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy; patient satisfaction

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