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May 1959

A Bilateral Posterior Intranasal Pack: An Evaluation of Various Types of Postnasal Packing

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San Francisco

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(5):615-619. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030627016

The multiplicity of therapeutic measures offered for a single disease suggests the inadequacy of any one method alone to effect a cure. Similarly, the literature has been replete with a wide variety of suggestions for the control of severe posterior nasal hemorrhage. Here again, the diversity of the types of posterior packs described indicates the dissatisfaction of each successive writer with the effectiveness of the various types of posterior nasal packs available to him up to the time of his report. As a matter of fact, they are all effective when appropriately applied to the specific condition for which each one is best suited.

When one is faced with an emergency situation in which there is a profuse intranasal hemorrhage from a posterior source, the origin of which cannot be located at the time, it may be assumed that the source, either laterally or medially, is a branch of the

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