Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia
Print version ISSN 0034-7299
ALMEIDA, Glauco Soares de; DIOGENES, Camilo A. and PINHEIRO, Sebastião D.. Nasal endoscopy and localization of the bleeding source in epistaxis: last decade's revolution. Rev. Bras. Otorrinolaringol. [online]. 2005, vol.71, n.2, pp. 146-148. ISSN 0034-7299. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-72992005000200005.
Epistaxis remains one of the most common otolaryngology emergencies. Despite considerable interest in the subject, there is still no consensus on the most appropriate primary therapeutic modality. AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the bleeding source of acute or recurrent epistaxis in adults. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical prospective. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Thirty adults patients with acute or recurrent epistaxis were evaluated through the use of frontal light and endoscope for identification of the bleeding source in the nasal cavity. RESULTS: Use of the nasal endoscope allowed diagnosis of the bleeding site in all patients. CONCLUSION: A careful examination of the posterior nasal cavity allows identification of the bleeding source in most patients and should be a routine procedure.
Keywords : epistaxis; nasal bleeding; treatment.