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A 44-year-old male asked:
Can you die if you get a nosebleed in your sleep and the blood drips back into your airway/lungs?
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Pathology 50 years experience
Unlikely: The blood going into the airway is likely to provoke cough so bad that it would wake the person up.
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surgery 57 years experience
Possible: But unlikely.
Nose bleeding can run into throat and gets swallowed commonly ,and the airways are protected by coughing.
In a rare case the airway can be involved and obstructed.enough to cause hypoxia and in addition
If enough bleeding shock can occur.
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Last updated Jun 8, 2019
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