A comprehensive review of cross-sectional imaging of the nasolacrimal drainage apparatus: What radiologists need to know

Osama A. Raslan, Arzu Ozturk, Nancy Pham, Jennifer Chang, Edward B. Strong, Matthew Bobinski

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Objective. The purpose of this study is to provide a comprehensive review of the radiographic anatomy and cross-sectional imaging findings of the full gamut of nasolacrimal drainage apparatus diseases, highlighting imaging findings from the different nasolacrimal drainage apparatus surgeries, posttreatment complications, and potential imaging pitfalls. Conclusion. Radiologists play a critical role in guiding the management of nasolacrimal drainage apparatus diseases and should be familiar with the anatomy and characteristic imaging findings of commonly encountered nasolacrimal drainage apparatus abnormalities and surgeries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1331-1340
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes



  • Dacryocystitis
  • Dacryocystocele
  • Nasolacrimal canal
  • Nasolacrimal drainage apparatus
  • Nasolacrimal duct
  • Nasolacrimal stent
  • Nasolacrimal surgery
  • Nasolacrimal tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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