Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyp Practice Essentials

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA


May 14, 2020

Patients with nasal polyps typically have increasing nasal congestion, hyposmia or anosmia, changes in sense of taste, and persistent postnasal drainage. Headaches and facial pain and discomfort are not uncommon and are found in the periorbital and maxillary regions. Patients with completely obstructing nasal polyposis may occasionally have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Patients with solitary polyps frequently have only symptoms of nasal obstruction, which may change with a shift in position. For example, while lying supine, the polyp may swing posteriorly, opening up the nasal cavity. In an upright position, the polyp has a more obstructive effect.

Whether one or more polyps are present, patients may have symptoms of acute, recurrent, or chronic rhinosinusitis if the sinus ostia is obstructed.

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