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Article: Volume 41 Number 4 Page 290 - May 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 290-296

Oral surgery:  Haemostasis Part 1: The Management of Post-Extraction Haemorrhage

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Abstract: The management of bleeding complications following a dental extraction is an essential skill for the dental practitioner. Extractions are often carried out on patients with complex medical histories and a long list of medications. This paper aims to help the clinician manage post-extraction haemorrhage. A review of the management of patients on anti-thrombotic medications will be covered in a subsequent paper.

Clinical relevance: This article reviews the management of haemorrhage following tooth extraction; from the risk assessment of any underlying medical conditions and medications, to the clinical techniques used to control bleeding following an extraction.

Author notes: Neal J McCormick, BDS(Lpool), MFDS RCPS(Glasg), General Professional Trainee (GPT), Health Education North East, Undrell J Moore, BDS, PhD, FDS RCS(Eng), Senior Lecturer in Oral Surgery and John G Meechan, BSc, BDS, PhD, FDS RCS(Eng), FDS RCS(Ed), FDS RCPS, Honorary Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Oral Surgery, Newcastle Dental Hospital, Richardson Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4AZ, UK.

Objective: To understand the aetiology and management of post-extraction haemorrhage.