Analysis of Epistaxis in Pregnancy

Purushothaman, Lakshmi; Purushothaman, P. K.
February 2010
European Journal of Scientific Research;Feb2010, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p387
Academic Journal
Epistaxis is defined as bleeding from the nasal cavity. Usually, in pregnancy, the bleeding of epistaxis is in small quantity and self limiting, but at times it can be very intense & life threatening. Sphenopalatine artery is a terminal branch of internal maxillary artery. It is also called the artery of epistaxis. In this study, the cause of epistaxis in pregnancy, the trimester and age distribution are analysed. It was found that chronic rhinosinusitis was the leading cause with 52% Ages between 26-30 yrs had more prevalence of epistaxis. Antenatal women in III trimester presented more often with the complaint of epistaxis. These patients were treated with either only medical or both medical & surgical methods. 8% of patients who were treated medically had recurrence.


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