Taylor, Clare
March 2009
InnovAiT;Mar2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p178
Academic Journal
Epistaxis (nosebleed) is a common disorder frequently seen in primary care. Most are due to minor damage to nasal mucosa however recurrent or prolonged nosebleeds can be a manifestation of an underlying systemic disorder. The majority can be terminated with simple measures, however, prolonged bleeding may require secondary care intervention. Nosebleeds are not life threatening in most people; however, identification of those at risk from complications is important. Elderly patients and those with underlying bleeding disorders or other co-morbidities require careful assessment and prompt intervention as appropriate to prevent an adverse outcome.


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