What should be considered if anterior nasal packing for epistaxis fails?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Eric Goralnick, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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If anterior packing failed to stop a confirmed and visualized anterior bleeding source, consider bilateral packing to increase the pressure on the nasal septum. If the anterior bleeding source was unconfirmed and bleeding continues, suspect posterior bleeding.

For a detailed description of posterior nasal packing, see Posterior Epistaxis Nasal Pack.


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