CausesNasal polyps result from inflammation after an ongoing infection or irritation, such as sinus infections or allergies. Nasal polyps are common in people with cystic fibrosis. In some cases, the cause is unknown.
DiagnosisYour doctor can easily diagnose nasal polyps by reviewing your symptoms and examining your nose. A nasal speculum allows the doctor to gently spread your nostril open before using a light to check for polyps.
Polypectomy is an outpatient procedure that is used to remove small or single polyps. FESS is used to remove multiple polyps or those located near the sinuses. FESS uses an endoscope to guide the surgery. An endoscope is a thin lighted tube with a camera that is inserted through the nostril. Thin surgical instruments are used and the endoscope guides the surgeon. Symptoms typically improve following surgery; however, polyps that are caused by a chronic condition tend to come back.
Am I at RiskRisk factors for nasal polyps:
_____ Age over 40
_____ Hay fever or allergies
_____ Cystic fibrosis
_____ Sinus infections and asthma
_____ Aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) sensitivity
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