Fast Five Quiz: Sinus Conditions

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA


October 24, 2022

Patients with nasal polyps typically have changes in sense of taste along with increasing nasal congestion, anosmia or hyposmia, headaches, facial pain and discomfort, and persistent postnasal drainage. On occasion, patients with completely obstructing nasal polyposis may have obstructive sleep apnea symptoms; however, this is far less common. Nasal obstruction from single polyps can change with a shift in position. Patients in an upright position often experience increased nasal obstruction, whereas lying flat may cause the polyp to swing posteriorly and open up the nasal cavity. Because inflammatory polyps are almost universally bilateral, unilateral nasal polyp symptoms should always raise the suspicion of an alternate diagnosis.

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