When is anterior nasal packing for epistaxis performed?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Eric Goralnick, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Anterior nasal packing is required when external pressure and cauterization fail to control anterior bleeding, though some clinicians elect to use anterior nasal packing as their first-line approach. The goal is to place an intranasal device that applies constant local pressure to the nasal septum. Traditional gauze packing is sufficient if prefabricated nasal tampons like Rapid Rhino or Merocel are not available (see Equipment).

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