Unilateral Hard Palate Necrosis After Ascending Palatine Artery Embolization

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Abstract

Embolization is a common treatment modality for refractory epistaxis. Here, the authors reported that the first patient with unilateral necrosis of the mucosa overlying the hard palate developed after embolization of ascending palatine artery. A 46-year-old man with a history of maxillofacial trauma complicated by 2 episodes of significant unilateral epistaxis. Although he did not experience any epistaxis after embolization, unilateral necrosis of the mucosa overlying the hard palate developed gradually 2 weeks after embolization. The necrotic tissue of hard palate was treated by surgical debridement and followed by antibiotic and analgesic.

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