How is the bleeding source identified in anterior nasal packing for epistaxis?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Eric Goralnick, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Stabilize your hand on the patient’s face, and visualize the septum through the nasal speculum. Examine the Kiesselbach plexus for bleeders. If the offending vessel has stopped bleeding, it will appear as a red dot on the mucosa that may have a small amount of clot on it. If the vessel is still bleeding, active oozing will be visible.


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