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Pronunciation: kan-ă-lik′yū-lō-dak′rē-ō-sis′tō-rī-nos′t-mē

Definition: A surgical procedure performed to relieve a stricture found at the junction of the common (lacrimal) canaliculus and the conjunctival sac. A dacryocystorhinostomy is performed first (if needed), after which a temporary silicone catheter is looped through the canaliculi and through the nasal mucosa into the nasal airway to maintain patency during healing.

See Also: dacryocystorhinostomy

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