Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyps

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA


February 06, 2020

Patients with massive nasal polyposis usually present with increasing nasal congestion; other commons signs and symptoms include hyposmia to anosmia, changes in sense of taste, and persistent postnasal drainage. Occasionally, symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea occur in patients with completely obstructing nasal polyposis.

Findings from an intranasal examination of a patient with nasal polyps include a fleshy translucent mass or masses in the nasal cavity, usually originating in the superior nasal vault. Polyps can be observed originating in the ethmoid region, either from the maxillary sinus ostium (antral-choanal polyps), the turbinates, or the septum. In cases involving obstructing polyps, thorough intranasal examination may be difficult.

Some patients may experience headaches, facial pain, and discomfort, but these are found in the periorbital and maxillary regions.

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of nasal polyps.


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