Frequent Nosebleed Sufferers May Have Serious Genetic Condition

One in 5,000 have the disease HHT and don't know it
July 6, 2015

Those who have frequent nosebleeds may blame Colorado’s dry climate, but they may be suffering from a serious genetic condition called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, or HHT. For HHT sufferer Julie Ring, the first sign was nosebleeds that started in her teens. Ring’s father has HHT. Pulmonologist Brian Graham, MD, of University of Colorado Hospital says that nosebleeds don’t mean you have HHT, but nosebleeds and a family history may be a reason to see a doctor.

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