When should nasal packs used for treatment of epistaxis (nosebleed) be removed?

Updated: May 08, 2020
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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A study by Kundi and Raza suggested that in patients with epistaxis, removal of nasal packs after 12 hours leads to a lower incidence of headache and excessive lacrimation than does removal of packs after 24 hours, with no significant difference in bleeding recurrence. The study involved 60 patients with epistaxis, evenly divided between the 12-hour and 24-hour groups. [21]


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