Quality of life outcomes following dacryocystorhinostomy: External and endonasal laser techniques compared

S. J. Bakri, A. S. Carney, K. Robinson, N. S. Jones, R. N. Downes

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Abstract

Aims / background - Endonasal laser dacryocystorhinostomy (EL-DCR) has recently become established as an alternative technique to conventional external DCR (EXDCR) for relief of epiphora. The aim of this study was to compare quality of life and symptomatic outcomes in patients treated by these two methods. Methods - A postal questionnaire was sent to 204 ELDCR and 78 EXDCR patients who had undergone surgery under our care more than 6 months previously. The questionnaire included the validated 18-item Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) and 5 further questions addressing ocular symptomatology. Results - Fully completed questionnaires were received from 156 ELDCR and 50 EXDCR patients. Mean GBI scores of +16.8 (ELDCR) and +23.2 (EXDCR) were obtained (Mann-Whitney U test = NS). Ocular symptom scores were +33 (ELDCR) and +54 (EXDCR) (p=0.005). Conclusion - Patients undergoing either ELDCR or EXDCR experience significant benefit in their healthcare status as detected by the GBI. There is no significant difference between the scores obtained by the two groups of patients. There were improvements in ocular symptom scores in both groups, with patients who had EXDCR scoring significantly better than the ELDCR group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalOrbit
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Lacrimal duct obstruction
  • Laser surgery
  • Outcome assessment
  • Quality of life

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