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Inflatable nasal tampons are less painful than dry hydrophilic nasal tampons

Report by: Stephen B Phelps, Emergency Medicine Resident

Search checked by: Laith Sultan, Specialty Emergency Trainee

Institution: Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, Michigan State University, Michigan, US and Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK

Clinical scenario

A 45-year-old man presents to the emergency department with active epistaxis. It is determined that he will require nasal packing. You have a choice of using a moistened, gel coated balloon inflated nasal tampon or a dry hydrophilic nasal tampon, and wonder which is less painful on insertion and removal.

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