Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyp Practice Essentials

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA


May 14, 2020

For benign nasal polyps, the middle meatus is the most common location. Intranasal examination reveals a fleshy translucent mass or masses in the nasal cavity. Polyps can be observed originating in the ethmoid region from the maxillary sinus ostium (antral choanal polyps), turbinates, or septum. Obstructing polyps may make a thorough intranasal examination difficult. Mucopurulent discharge occasionally emanates from the ethmoid region or the superior nasal vault, suggesting an underlying rhinosinusitis. Septal deformities may also make the examination more difficult.

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