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Will we ever cure nasal polyps?

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Published:31st Dec 2018
Author: Ta NH.
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Ref.:Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2019 Jan;101(1):35-39.
Will we ever cure nasal polyps?

Nasal polyposis is a benign hyperplastic growth of nasal mucosa. There is a paucity of evidence on the prevalence and incidence of nasal polyposis. Although nasal polyps can be asymptomatic, they can cause a spectrum of nasal problems including nasal obstruction, rhinorrhoea, nasal congestion, anosmia resulting in ageusia. Nasal polyps are mostly associated with chronic rhinosinusitis, The current management of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is controversial and is not curative.

Methods: A Medline search was conducted, using the keywords 'rhinosinusitis', 'sinusitis', 'classification' and ''aetiology.

Findings: The current treatment of nasal polyposis in chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is still challenging. Emerging research through endotypes profiling aims to better understand the complexities of this heterogeneous disease to personalise treatment and provide a cure. Randomised controlled trials aim to provide robust evidence for current management options.

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