Been doing a lot of reading on nasal polyp.
Did not sleep well last might thinking of my nasal polyp. Decided to do some reading on the topic. Here are a few facts I found…
Patient asks: I had Nasal polyps Polypectomy in October of 1999 and in May of 2001 the polyps came back. I followed all of my doctor’s advice about avoiding certain allergens and performing daily nasa lavages. However, I do have asthma and nasal polyps are prevelant in some asthma patients. I am now part of a nasal polyp study that which wil last for four months. My doctor mentioned to me if the study medication does not work, she suggests having another surgery.
Doctor answers: It is very common for people with polyps to have multiple surgical procedures. These usually have no direct relationship with allergy, but are associated with asthma. I know this is not a very positive answer, but it is an accurate one. Trying to control polyps medically as long as you can tolerate them is the best way to avoid surgery. Good luck
Patient asks: What is considered a large polyp? Can you give me a size range in CM for a normal human being?
Doctor answers: Nasal polyps are fleshy growths of the lining of the nose and sinuses. Their roots are found in the upper part of the nose and in the ethmoid and maxillary sinuses. On a sinus x-ray they may look like clouding of the ethmoid and maxillary sinuses. A developing polyp is teardrop-shaped. A mature polyp looks like a peeled seedless grape. They can get large enough to block the opening of the sinuses and the nasal passage. However the size is irrelevant since they are soft tissue growths so they are easily compressed.
Patient asks: How many types of nasal polyps are there, is surgery a necessity if there are currently no symptoms. Can polyps ever be pre-cancerous?
Doctor answers: When examined under a microscope, the majority of nasals polyps differ only slightly. Some are and some are not a response to aspirin sensitivity. None are pre-cancerous. Surgery is seldom necessary as most nasals polyps can be treated successfully with a nasal steroid spray. Complete or near complete nasal obstruction by polyps, unresponsive to nasal steroid sprays may require surgery.