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Ann Otolaryngol Chir Cervicofac. 1998 Jun;115(3):169-73.

[Bilateral closure of the nasal cavity. An original surgical technique of treatment of severe recurrent epistaxis in Rendu-Osler disease].

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  • 1Service d'ORL, CHU de Rangueil, Toulouse.


In the Rendu Osler disease, epistaxis are seen in 80 to 90% of patients, and the multiple treatments that have been proposed have each shown their failure to achieve satisfactory results. We propose, in the case of abundant epistaxis, a bilateral closure of the nasal cavity. This technique has been initially described by Young in 1967 in the treatment of chronic atrophic rhinitis. This operation was carried out in two patients who presented with serious daily epistaxis, poorly tolerated, and refractory to several treatments. Neither of these patients has presented a post-operative bleeding episode with a one year and six months follow-up respectively. Anatomically, the results are satisfactory in both patients, with total closure of the nasal cavity. Functionally, both patients are satisfied, with an appreciable improvement in the quality of life despite total nasal obstruction.

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