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Sphenopalatine artery ligation: technical note

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 March 2006

David D Pothier
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
Samuel MacKeith
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
Robin Youngs
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
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Abstract

Epistaxis is a common problem. Most patients presenting to hospital will stop bleeding with simple first-aid measures or with nasal packing. Those who do not stop will usually require surgical management. For persistent posterior epistaxis, the sphenopalatine artery may be ligated as the artery leaves the sphenopalatine foramen to enter the nasal mucosa of the lateral wall of the nose. This may be performed endoscopically. We describe the anatomy of the area and the surgical technique. We also present a brief review of the literature on this technique.

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© 2005 Royal Society of Medicine Press

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