L'epistassi nel morbo di Rendu-Weber-Osler. Ruolo della brachiterapia.

Translated title of the contribution: Epistaxis in Rendu-Weber-Osler disease. The role of brachytherapy

G. Turcato, G. B. Pizzi, R. Polico, M. Antonello, M. Busetto

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Rendu-Weber-Osler disease is a rare autosomic disorder. Its most common symptom is epistaxis with transitory periods of remission and of ingravescent exacerbation compromising normal daily activities and forcing the patient to give up his normal life-style for prolonged periods of time. Often it proves difficult to control the recurrent epistaxis and the treatments available today are not always totally satisfactory. The authors present the results obtained using endonasal brachytherapy in 8 patients (13 treatments) epistaxis stemming from previously diagnosed Rendu-Weber-Osler disease. Brachytherapy employs thin plastic tubes, positioned in the nostril with the heaviest epistaxis. These tubes are then filled with Iridum192. The total dose, prescribed against the reference isodose, strictly adjacent to the nasal fossae mucosa, was 30 Gy over a period ranging from two to four days (average 2.5 days). Four patients required a second treatment to the controlateral nostril as the symptoms returned after a period ranging from 36 to 60 months (average 47.1 months). Only one patient required a second treatment in the same nostril 9 years later. The episodes of epistaxis were scored by symptom severity on a scale from 0 to 5. Of the 13 treatments administered (mono and bilateral treatments), 12 can be considered satisfactory as the epistaxis was reduced from the initial pre-treatment score of 4-5 to 2 or less (5 were reduced to 0, 3 to 1 and 4 to 2). In only 1 case was the score 3. Remission of symptoms lasted for a period ranging from 11 to 108 months with an average of 51.6 months. No complications arose from the use of brachytherapy. Only one patient required embolization 3 years after the endonasal brachytherapy treatment.

Translated title of the contributionEpistaxis in Rendu-Weber-Osler disease. The role of brachytherapy
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
JournalActa Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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