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May 1974

New Device for the Management of Postnasal Epistaxis by Balloon Tamponade

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;99(5):372-374. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780030384011

Posterior epistaxis may be managed by means of a Foley catheter used in place of traditional posterior packing. The ease and comfort of this method have resulted in an ever-increasing frequency of application.

Usual complications of postnasal Foley balloon tamponade involve trauma to the exterior of the nose, which is the conventional site of fixation of the Foley catheter. A simply constructed aluminum-tripod face mask provides superior tractionfixation to the Foley catheter, bypassing the exterior of the nose entirely and dissipating the force of countertraction over the face.

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