Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyps Presentation and Diagnosis

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA

Disclosures

December 29, 2020

How nasal polyps manifest is largely dependent on their size. Small polyps may be asymptomatic and identified only during routine examination when they are anterior to the anterior edge of the middle turbinate. Conversely, small polyps in areas where polyps typically arise (ie, the middle meatus) may produce symptoms and block the outflow tract of the sinuses, resulting in chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis symptoms.

Snoring may be a symptom of nasal polyps. Other symptoms include nasal airway obstruction, postnasal drainage, dull headaches, rhinorrhea, hyposmia, or anosmia.

Epistaxis may occur with nasal polyps. However, epistaxis that does not arise from irritation of the anterior nasal septum (ie, Kiesselbach plexus) is not usually associated with benign multiple polyps and should trigger investigations for other, more serious, nasal lesions.

Learn more about the manifestation of nasal polyps.

Comments

3090D553-9492-4563-8681-AD288FA52ACE
Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.
Post as:

processing....