Lacrimal Gland Fistula After Cosmetic Lateral Canthoplasty

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We report a case of lacrimal gland fistula formation after cosmetic lateral canthoplasty in a young Asian woman.


A 34-year-old woman, who twice underwent lateral canthoplasties of both eyes with additional upper eyelid blepharoplasty, developed clear fluid discharge from a small draining tract near the lateral canthus after being operated on with cosmetic lateral canthoplasty. Assuming that lacrimal gland fistula has developed, we differentiated the tract from the lacrimal gland using a Bowman probe and performed lacrimal gland fistulectomy, which resolved the discharge, leaving no complications.


To our knowledge, this is the first case of lacrimal gland fistula after cosmetic lateral canthoplasty, and surgeons performing this procedure should be aware of lacrimal gland herniation and fistula tract formation, especially in patients who have undergone multiple eyelid surgeries.

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