Epistaxis in healthy children requiring hospital admission

N. J. Brown, R. G. Berkowitz*

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    Objectives: To determine the outcomes for healthy children who require admission to hospital with acute epistaxis. Methods: A 10-year retrospective review of admissions with acute epistaxis under the Otolaryngology Department in a tertiary pediatric centre was performed. Results: There were 14 cases (11 males, 3 females), with mean age 7.8 years (1.9-18.3 years). Three patients had a history of recent aspirin ingestion, and one had sustained nasal trauma. Mean hemoglobin at presentation was 105 g/L (75-150), and no patient was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder. Four patients underwent surgical intervention, and one patient received a blood transfusion or blood product. The mean length of hospital stay was 3.6 days (2-14 days). Conclusions: Acute epistaxis in healthy children that requires hospital admission is generally not a marker for an underlying bleeding disorder. It is associated with a short inpatient stay, and usually requires minimal intervention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1181-1184
    Number of pages4
    JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004


    • Children
    • Epistaxis
    • Hemorrhage
    • Hospital admission


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