Which physical findings are characteristic of dacryocystitis?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Bobak Zonnoor , MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Erythema, swelling, warmth, and tenderness may be noted over the lacrimal sac at the inferior aspect of the medial canthus. Application of pressure to the area overlying the lacrimal sac may cause expression of purulent material from the lacrimal puncta. (See the image below.)

Acute dacryocystitis. Acute dacryocystitis.

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