Uncontrollable epistaxis. Angiographic localization and embolization

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990 Jun;116(6):697-9. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1990.01870060055009.


The method of choice for uncontrollable epistaxis that is refractory to anterior and posterior nasal packing is controversial. In a retrospective study, the therapeutic results in 42 patients with uncontrollable epistaxis were reviewed, with special consideration of 11 cases in which the patients received angiography and embolization of branches of the internal maxillary artery. Out of this collective, only one patient received surgery, ie, transantral internal maxillary artery ligation. The results of primary embolization demonstrated the effectiveness and illustrated the potential role of embolizing procedures in uncontrollable epistaxis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angiography
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Epistaxis / diagnostic imaging
  • Epistaxis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maxillary Artery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol