James talks to Dr Zara Watson about epistaxis.
Summary Writer: Elizabeth Campbell
Editor: Bruce Way
Interviewee: Zara Watson
With Dr. Zara Watson, Ear Nose and Throat Surgery Registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Patients with epistaxis (“nosebleeds”) will commonly present to the Emergency Department, and junior doctors may also encounter this problem on the wards.
A 72-year-old lady presents to the Emergency Department with a nosebleed which has lasted several hours (most of the afternoon). She has a background of a blocked nose and sinus pain for several weeks. When you first review her, her shirt appears covered in a large amount of blood, and she reports feeling light-headed.
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