Plain Language Summary: Nosebleed (Epistaxis)

David E. Tunkel, Sarah M. Holdsworth, Jacqueline D. Alikhaani, Taskin M. Monjur, Lisa Satterfield

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This plain language summary explains nosebleeds, also known as epistaxis (pronounced ep-ih-stak-sis), to patients. The summary applies to any individual aged 3 years and older with a nosebleed or history of nosebleed who needs medical treatment or wants medical advice. It is based on the 2020 “Clinical Practice Guideline: Nosebleed (Epistaxis).” This guideline uses research to advise doctors and other health care providers on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of nosebleeds. The guideline includes recommendations that are explained in this summary. Recommendations may not apply to every patient but can be used to help patients ask questions and make decisions in their own care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • epistaxis
  • hereditary hemorrhagic
  • nasal cautery
  • nasal packing
  • nosebleed
  • plain language summary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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