Literature on lacrimal punctal tumors is limited due to their rarity. Our aim in this study was to evaluate the clinicopathological characteristics of these tumors and assess functional and aesthetic outcomes after CO2 laser ablation with silicone stent intubation. A retrospective consecutive study was conducted from December 2013 to November 2020. All patients who received CO2 laser ablation with silicone intubation for their punctal tumors at National Cheng Kung University Hospital, a tertiary hospital in Taiwan, were included in this study. Demographic and clinical information was gathered during preoperative and follow-up visits. Thirty-three Han Chinese patients with a solitary punctal tumor were included in this study. Demographically, we found a female predominance (75.8%), and most tumors were located at the lower punctum (69.7%). The incidence of melanocytic nevus was higher in punctal tumors (78.8%) than in benign eyelid tumors (22.3%). Irrigation tests were performed in the 33 patients during follow-up visits, all of whom exhibited patency of the lacrimal system. No patient complained of epiphora after surgery. Thirty-two patients (97%) were satisfied with the aesthetic outcome after surgery. Superpulse CO2 laser ablation followed by silicone stent intubation is a safe and effective treatment for benign punctal tumors. In addition, compared to those of eyelid tumors, the clinicopathological characteristics of lacrimal punctal tumors are different, and melanocytic nevus was the main cause of these tumors.
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