How do tumors cause epistaxis (nosebleed)?

Updated: May 08, 2020
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Benign and malignant tumors can manifest as epistaxis. Affected patients may also present with signs and symptoms of nasal obstruction and rhinosinusitis, often unilateral.

Intranasal rhabdomyosarcoma, although rare, often begins in the nasal, orbital, or sinus area in children. Juvenile nasal angiofibroma in adolescent males may cause severe nasal bleeding as the initial symptom.


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