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Loss of Unilateral Lacrimation Following Adenoidectomy

Authors
  • Mustafa, Ayman A1
  • Carr, Michele M2
  • 1 Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
  • 2 Otolaryngology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cureus
Publisher
Cureus
Publication Date
Jul 21, 2020
Volume
12
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7759/cureus.9312
PMID: 32839681
PMCID: PMC7440260
Source
PubMed Central
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Green
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Abstract

Complications following an adenoidectomy are rare. A 13-month-old female developed unilateral lacrimation impairment following an adenoidectomy and bilateral ventilation tube insertion. The patient’s post-operative course was marked by a fever, rhinorrhea, and dehydration. We suspect the impairment to be secondary to injury by suction cautery or post-operative inflammatory response and infection. Over the first nine months after surgery, the impairment spontaneously remitted.

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