Herpetic canalicular obstruction

Douglas J. Coster, Richard A.N. Welham

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the pattern of disease in the lacrimal drainage system resulting from infection with herpes simplex virus and to discuss the approach to investigation and treatment. A large proportion of canalicular blocks are attributable to viral infections of the external eye, and herpes simplex virus is an important pathogen in this regard. In recent years we have treated 20 patients in whom we are confident the cause of the acquired canalicular obstruction was herpes simplex virus. Here we review these cases as a group and report 1 typical case in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-262
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1979
Externally publishedYes


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