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Article Number - FEA93A342475


Vol.6(1), pp. 1-4 , January 2014
DOI: 10.5897/JCMR11.057
ISSN: 2141-2235



Full Length Research Paper

Epistaxis in Kaduna, Nigeria: A review of 101 cases in a resource constrained setting



A. S. Labaran
  • A. S. Labaran
  • National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria.
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E. Musa
  • E. Musa
  • National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria.
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A. M. Kodiya
  • A. M. Kodiya
  • National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria.
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G. M. Mohammed
  • G. M. Mohammed
  • National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria.
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B. M. Ahmad
  • B. M. Ahmad
  • National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria.
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 Accepted: 17 December 2013  Published: 31 January 2014

Copyright © 2014 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Epistaxis is defined as hemorrhage from the nostril, nasal cavity, or nasopharynx. Sufferers and clinicians may develop significant anxiety despite the fact that majority of patients may be treated successfully by the first attending physician. The objective of this study was to review the incidence, common etiological factors and management modalities of epistaxis in a resource constrained setting. It is a retrospective review of 101 patients seen with epistaxis over 7 years at National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna from January 2002 to December 2008. The age of patients reviewed ranged between 2 and 75 years. An incidence of 0.5% was recorded and slight male preponderance with a male:female ratio of 1.4:1. Dry-hot and cold harmattan weather had the highest prevalence. Trauma and infections were the main etiological factors identified, but over 40% had no discernable cause. About 25% presented with active bleeding and 10.98% required admission. All were managed conservatively. Less than 2% had blood transfusion. Epitaxis is a common rhinological emergency that requires prompt intervention to reduce morbidity and prevent mortality. Conservative intervention was a satisfactory approach in this study.

Key words: Epistaxis, resource constrained, conservative management.

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APA Labaran, A. S., Musa, E., Kodiya, A. M., Mohammed, G. M., & Ahmad, B. M. (2014). Epistaxis in Kaduna, Nigeria: A review of 101 cases in a resource constrained setting. Journal of Clinical Medicine and Research, 6(1), 1-4.
Chicago A. S. Labaran, E. Musa, A. M. Kodiya, G. M. Mohammed and B. M. Ahmad. "Epistaxis in Kaduna, Nigeria: A review of 101 cases in a resource constrained setting." Journal of Clinical Medicine and Research 6, no. 1 (2014): 1-4.
MLA A. S. Labaran, et al. "Epistaxis in Kaduna, Nigeria: A review of 101 cases in a resource constrained setting." Journal of Clinical Medicine and Research 6.1 (2014): 1-4.
   
DOI 10.5897/JCMR11.057
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JCMR/article-abstract/FEA93A342475

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