Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
166 Doctors are Online

Why would a person have a trickle of blood from nose after dying?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

ENT Specialist
Practicing since : 2001
Answered : 2291 Questions
I am just trying to figure out a reason someone would have a trickle of blood from their nose after dying while sleeping. My mother was found peaceful and did not seem to be in any distress at time of death, yet had a thin line of blood from her nose?
Posted Thu, 13 Sep 2012 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 2 hours later


Thanks for posting the query

Most of the ‘sudden deaths’ happen due to sudden raise in blood pressure leading to either rupture of blood vessels in the brain or due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Hence, when there is sudden raise of the blood pressure, certain weak points (aneurysm) in the blood vessels break off leading to oozing of the blood into the tissues. This leads to sudden death if it happens in the brain. Likewise, during sudden raise in the blood pressure there can be dislodgement of atheromatous plaques present in the coronary vessels in the heart leading to blockage of the blood to the musculature of heart and causing silent cardiac arrest.

Similarly, the blood can also ooze through the nose when the aneurysms break in the nose. I feel it is the same thing which could have happened in your mother.

Hope I have answered your query and I will be available for the follow-up queries.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Cardiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor