By Friedrich Paulsen
The human nasolacrimal ducts are a borderland of either disciplines opthalmology and otorhinolaryngology which paintings heavily jointly within the tretament of nasolacrimal issues. the writer summarizes fresh advances in regards to the nasolacrimal ducts and discusses them in a context with nasolacrimal duct pathophysiology. As a draining and secretory procedure the nasolacrimal ducts play a job in tear shipping and non-specific immune safeguard. in addition, elements of tear fluid are absorbed within the nasolacrimal passage and are transported right into a surrounding vascular approach. the program is similar to a cavernous physique that is topic to vegetative keep watch over. geared up mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) is found in the nasolacrimal ducts showing the cytomorphological and immunophenotypic gains of MALT. The typically consistent absorption of tear fluid parts into the blood vessels of the encircling cavernous physique which are hooked up to the blood vessels of the outer eye can be a suggestions sign for tear fluid construction, which involves a halt if those tear elements aren't absorbed. hence, dry eye will be initiated. faulty stimulation of tear duct-associated lymphoid tissue may well bring about irregular immune deviation on the ocular floor resulting in an autoimmunological reaction that explanations dry eye pathology. furthermore, malfunctions within the cavernous physique and in its innervation could lead on to disturbances within the tear outflow cycle, ocular congestions or overall occlusion of the lacrimal passage. in keeping with the findings the pathomechanism of fundamental received dacryostenosis might be defined.
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Comparative anatomy of the nasolacrimal ducts. a Horizontal section of a human lacrimal sac. The lumen of the lacrimal passage is surrounded by a cavernous body rich in blood vessels with wide lumina (stars). Bar=170 m. b Higher magnification of a. The lacrimal sac contains a double-layered epithelium. Goblet cells are integrated as solitary cells (g) or show a characteristic arrangement of several cell groups forming mucous glands (i). Bar=27 m. c Horizontal section through the nasolacrimal duct of an ape.
Reactivity for TFF3 was also visible perinuclearly in goblet cells but was absent in their stored secretory product (Fig. 6f). Moreover, TFF3 was visible in cells inside the lamina propria which had a fibroblast-like appearance. There were variations in intensity between different epithelial cells, goblet cells and especially serous cells of subepithelial serous glands. The latter revealed strong nuclear staining of some serous cells in single sections (Fig. 6g). Competition experiments with the corresponding synthetic peptide revealed that the nuclear staining could not be inhibited, whereas the cytoplasmic staining of TFF3 was inhibitable (Fig.
C Arterio (a) – venous (v) anastomosis (arrows) demonstrating the form of a short bridge. Bar=102 m. d Cross-section through a vein with two orifices of arteriovenous anastomoses (arrows). Toluidine blue staining; bar=88 m arteries consisted of an additional layer of longitudinally arranged smooth muscle cells located luminally to the usual layer of helically arranged smooth muscle cells (Fig. 13e). The branches divided just beneath the epithelium into superficial arcading branches (Fig. 13f).
The Human Nasolacrimal Ducts by Friedrich Paulsen