A STUDY ON THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CHRONIC DACRYOCYSTITIS IN AN ECONOMICALLY-DEPRIVED POPULATION IN SOUTH INDIA
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Soumya Sharat, Nagaraja K S
2016 Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences  
Dacryocystitis is infection of the lacrimal sac resulting from blockage of the nasolacrimal duct. This study was done to determine aetiopathogenesis of chronic dacryocystitis in an economically deprived population in South India. A total of 50 samples were obtained from the contents of the lacrimal sac in 50 patients with chronic dacryocystitis. These samples were cultured for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and fungi with a routine microbiological technique. A total of 13 samples were obtained
more » ... ples were obtained from 13 patients who underwent dacryocystectomy. The average age in the study was 52.5 years. Females predominated in the study (68%). Of the cultures from the nasolacrimal sac, 84% were positive for bacteria. The majority of microorganisms in our study were gram-positive bacteria with a predominance of pneumococcus (40%). Histopathological results of all 13 specimens showed non-granulomatous inflammation of the sac. Thus, every case of dacryocystitis has to be investigated to detect the predisposing and precipitating factor. HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Sharat S, Nagaraja KS. A study on the epidemiology of chronic dacryocystitis in an economicallydeprived population in South India.
doi:10.14260/jemds/2016/1160 fatcat:zgt2i32hcjgvjk7as3upmczxmu