Severe Nosebleed (Epistaxis)
At Mount Sinai, we can use embolization to treat severe, recurring nosebleeds that cannot be controlled by traditional means, such as applying pressure, packing the nose, or cauterization. Severe blood loss from a nosebleed can result in serious anemia or cardiac dysfunction and reduced quality of life.
In cases of extreme nosebleeds, we can investigate the source of the bleeding via angiography. After your doctor identifies the vessels responsible for the bleeding, he or she can go back in through a catheter and block the vessels to stop the bleeding (embolization). In some cases this technique may even be lifesaving.