Epistaxis: An update on current management

Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, UK.
Postgraduate Medical Journal (Impact Factor: 1.45). 06/2005; 81(955):309-14. DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.2004.025007
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Epistaxis is one of the commonest ENT emergencies. Although most patients can be treated within an accident and emergency setting, some are complex and may require specialist intervention. There are multiple risk factors for the development of epistaxis and it can affect any age group, but it is the elderly population with their associated morbidity who often require more intensive treatment and subsequent admission. Treatment strategies have been broadly similar for decades. However, with the evolution of endoscopic technology, new ways of actively managing epistaxis are now available. Recent evidence suggests that this, combined with the use of stepwise management plans, should limit patient complications and the need for admission. This review discusses the various treatment options and integrates the traditional methods with modern techniques.

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    • "Epistaxis is common and generally self-limited, but can quickly become an otolaryngic emergency. The etiology of epistaxis is vast and includes causes from digital manipulation, inflammation and neoplasia to coagulopathies and systemic disease [1]. Intractable epistaxis can become life-threatening, as hypotension and hypoxia can easily occur. "
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    ABSTRACT: Epistaxis is most commonly an easily treated ENT entity with a relatively simple algorithm. Occasionally, however, it is encountered as a devastating disease process that can humble the otolaryngologist. In the setting of comorbidities that exacerbate bleeding, in this case vasculitis due to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), epistaxis can be life-threatening and refractory to conservative management. This case report describes the hospital course of a patient with severe SLE and intractable epistaxis. We discuss classic management options for epistaxis and offer a novel treatment option for patients with SLE-related vasculitides-goal-directed medical therapy with high-dose intravenous pulse steroid therapy. To our knowledge, this report not only is the first description of targeted treatment options for intractable epistaxis in patients with SLE, but also serves to augment the traditional algorithm with the addition of a goal-directed medical therapy-control of epistaxis through high-dose intravenous pulse steroid therapy. We demonstrated that 6mg of intravenous dexamethasone given every 6hours can be highly effective in controlling epistaxis in patients with uncontrolled SLE. The presumed mechanism is through control of associated vasculitides.
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    • "Epistaxes are frequent in adults [1]. Local (e.g., trauma, cancer, etc.), general (e.g., hypertension, anticoagulants; etc.), and idiopathic causes are distinguished [2], and these causes must always be managed. Stopping the blood flow is sequential , applying direct pressure to the nose, followed by anterior packing, then anterior and posterior packing, and finally performing surgical cautery under general anesthesia [3] or endovascular treatment [4]. "
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    ABSTRACT: . In case of thrombopenia and/or thrombopathy, epistaxes are very difficult to manage. Case Series . Two patients, one with a thrombocytopenia, the other with a thrombopathy, were hospitalized because of repeated active epistaxes after failure of packing. Both patients were successfully treated with an application of Surgiflo without side effects and left the hospital without recurrence of epistaxis. Discussion . Being a subject of many studies dealing with epistaxis, Surgiflo is a simple treatment that seems to be very effective and without side effects to treat acute epistaxis in fragile patients with coagulation disorders. Prospective studies of tolerance and efficiency in such situations should be performed.
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    • "The etiological profile of epistaxis has been reported to vary with age and anatomical location [4-8]. Traumatic epistaxis is more common in younger individuals (under age 35 years) and is most often due to digital trauma, facial injury, or a foreign body in the nasal cavity [6-8]. Non-traumatic epistaxis is more characteristic of older patients (over age 50 years) and may be due to organ failure, neoplastic conditions, inflammation, or environmental factors (temperature, humidity, altitude) [7,8]. "
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