Outcomes of endonasal endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy after maxillectomy in patients with paranasal sinus and skull base tumors

Sara Abu-Ghanem, Ran Ben-Cnaan, Igal Leibovitch, Gilad Horowitz, Gadi Fishman, Dan M. Fliss, Avraham Abergel*

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Abstract

Maxillectomy followed by radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy can result in lacrimal blockage and the need for subsequent dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). Endonasal endoscopic DCR, as opposed to external DCR, allows better accuracy and leaves no scar. To date no report was published regarding the results of endoscopic DCR in these patients. The current study presents a retrospective review of all patients with paranasal and skull base tumors who developed nasolacrimal duct blockage after ablative maxillectomy with or without radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy and underwent endonasal endoscopic DCR between January 2006 and October 2012 in a tertiary reference medical center. According to our results, ten patients underwent 11 subsequent endonasal endoscopic DCR. There were 6 men and 4 women with a median age of 55 years (range, 19-81 years); four suffered from benign tumors and six had malignant tumors. All underwent maxillectomy. Six received high-dose radiotherapy. Time interval between primary ablative surgery and endonasal endoscopic DCR was 18 months (range, 7-118 months). Silicone stents were removed after median period of 11 weeks (range, 1-57 weeks). Nine out of ten patients experienced symptomatic improvement following one endonasal endoscopic DCR. One patient had recurrent epiphora and underwent a successful endonasal endoscopic revision DCR. In conclusion, endonasal endoscopic DCR in patients with paranasal and skull base tumors, who previously underwent maxillectomy, is generally successful and not associated with a high rate of complications or failure. Moreover, our findings may suggest that silicone stents can be removed shortly after the operation with high success rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1513-1518
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Volume271
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (endoscopic DCR)
  • Maxillectomy
  • Paranasal sinus
  • Skull base tumors

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