Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyps Presentation and Diagnosis

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA; Flavia Cecilia Lega Hoyte, MD


February 17, 2022

Intranasal examination may reveal nasal polyps originating in the ethmoid region, specifically from the maxillary sinus ostium (antral choanal polyps), the turbinates, or the septum. If adequately visible through anterior rhinoscopy, views of the middle meatus can show whether there is adequate pathology to warrant ordering CT of the sinuses and/or performing a rigid or flexible endoscopic procedure. However, intranasal examination may be problematic in the presence of obstructing polyps or smaller polyps. In such cases, nasal endoscopy may be necessary for the diagnosis and evaluation of nasal polyps.

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