Treating Epistaxis

It can be caused by altitude, cold weather, even allergies, but doctors say, there’s one type of nose bleed that’s anything but normal. “Epistaxis is a fancy word for bleeding from the nose and also from the mouth, but mostly…

Treating Epistaxis

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It can be caused by altitude, cold weather, even allergies, but doctors say, there’s one type of nose bleed that’s anything but normal. “Epistaxis is a fancy word for bleeding from the nose and also from the mouth, but mostly breathing from the nose,” explained Dr. Michael Horowitz, a neurosurgeon with Lee Health.

Patients with epistaxis don’t respond to normal nose bleed treatments. “The bleeding is really coming from an area back in your nose, deep, where you can’t touch. It’s not compressible,” he said.

Which is why many patients come in through the emergency department. “Sometimes they can come from tumors. In older people they will come from the lining of the airway dries out and becomes very friable, meaning very weak and tends to bleed,” said Dr. Horowitz.

Medications like blood thinners can also cause the bleeding to become worse. But doctors say a one-time surgery can fix the problem. “We’re able to go up from the groin, from blood vessels in the groin, able to thread very small catheters up and go into the blood vessels that supply the lining of the nose and then inject liquid agents that harden or little coils that look like slinkies to basically block the blood vessels,” he explained.

A procedure that can stop the bleeding and prevent the problem from reoccurring.

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