Which conditions can massive epistaxis (nosebleed) mimic?

Updated: May 08, 2020
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Massive epistaxis may be confused with hemoptysis or hematemesis. Blood dripping from the posterior nasopharynx confirms a nasal source. Approximately 90% of nosebleeds can be visualized in the anterior portion of the nasal cavity.


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