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February 1954

Clinical Notes, New Instruments and Techniques: NOSEBLEED AND A SIMPLE MEANS OF CONTROL

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, St. Luke's and Children's Medical Center, and the Department of Otolaryngology, The Medico-Chirurgical College, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;59(2):245-246. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00710050257017

Bleeding from the nose (epistaxis) is a common occurrence. It may be from only one or from both nostrils. It may be very slight, when it usually stops spontaneously in a few moments, or it may be excessive in amount and persist for a longer time, unless suitably treated. Prolonged and excessive nasal hemorrhage may endanger life. There may be only one attack, or it may be recurrent.

Nosebleed in the newborn is said to be unusual. During childhood represented by the school years it is most frequent; apparently it is caused in great part by the many injuries to which the face and nose are subjected at that time. This factor cannot be held entirely to account, since it is known that there is a decrease in the incidence of nasal bleeding following puberty. During adulthood and throughout later life, nosebleed may occur from time to time from various

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