Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyps Presentation and Diagnosis

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


February 17, 2022

Morbidity from nasal polyps is directly linked to their location and size. In some cases, polyps may arise from inflammation caused by malignant or premalignant lesions. These polyps may obstruct visualization of the more concerning lesions, which can result in a delayed diagnosis.

When nasal polyps continue to grow, bony destruction may result from the pressure polyps exert on the bone. Destruction of the nasal bones or other facial bones can lead to facial deformity.

Nasal polyps are not known to be premalignant. They can, however, be confused with papillomas, including inverting papillomas, which are known to be precursors of malignant lesions.

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