Epistaxis and Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in the Nasal Vestibule: Is It a Cause or Consequence? : Journal of Craniofacial Surgery

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Epistaxis and Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in the Nasal Vestibule

Is It a Cause or Consequence?

Ulusoy, Seckin MD*; Babaoglu, Gulcin MD; Catli, Tolgahan MD; San, Turhan MD§; Cingi, Cemal MD

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The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 25(6):p e513-e515, November 2014. | DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000001015


The aim of this study was to investigate the relation between epistaxis and nasal colonization of Staphylococcus aureus in a population of patients with recurrent epistaxis. A total of 361 men and women were recruited, 245 patients with epistaxis (114 had crusting in the nasal vestibule; 131 did not) and 116 control subjects. A microbiology swab was taken from the anterior nasal cavity of each subject. Staphylococcus aureus was found to be more common in the epistaxis group when compared with the control group with a percentage of 31.8% and 4.3%, respectively (P < 0.05). There was no difference in the prevalence of S. aureus between the crust and non–crust groups (P > 0.05). When positive cultures were grouped and compared according to season, it was observed that the positive culture with epistaxis was much higher (44.82 %) in the autumn period. Staphylococcus aureus colonization in the nasal vestibule is more likely to be observed in individuals who have recurrent epistaxis than in those who do not have. It seems that this colonization may have a role in the etiology of epistaxis. However, with an altered medium of the nasal vestibule after each epistaxis period, it is also possible to speculate that this colonization is may be the consequence of epistaxis itself.

© 2014 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.

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