Publications of Faculty of Medicine:Embolization for control of refractory posterior epistaxis: Abstract

Embolization for control of refractory posterior epistaxis
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Objectives: Many methods are included in the treatment of intractable epistaxis including selective embolization. We report our experience with 10 patients treated with this technique. Patients and methods: Ten patients with posterior idiopathic epistaxis were selected in this study. They were managed by double-balloon device followed by embolization. Results: Study included six males and four females, their age ranged from 49 to 66 years (mean 56 years). Four patients were hypertensive, two were smokers. Epistaxis was unilateral in six patients and bilateral in four. Six internal maxillary and eight sphenopalatine arteries were embolized with polyvinyl alcohol 150-250 um. Bleeding stopped in all patients after procedure. One patient had recurrent attack 2 months later for whom re-embolization successfully stopped bleeding. No major complications encountered but minor complications