Nonsurgical Treatment of Nasal Polyps Follow-up

Updated: Sep 26, 2017
  • Author: Sanford M Archer, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Further Outpatient Care

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  • Patients with nasal polyposis can easily be monitored as outpatients, and they should be examined by an otolaryngologist.
    • Patients with limited symptoms may be monitored once or twice a year.
    • Patients with severe obstructive symptoms may need closer follow-up, especially if they are receiving high-dose oral corticosteroids or using nasal steroid sprays long term.
  • Consider surgical intervention for nasal polyps after appropriate medical therapy is unsuccessful and for patients with recurrent sinus infections that need treatment with multiple antibiotics.


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  • Intranasal
    • Recurrent sinusitis
    • Chronic sinusitis
    • Acquired nasal deformity
  • Orbital
    • Proptosis
    • Diplopia
  • Intracranial
    • Meningitis
    • Encephalitis


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  • Medical therapy for nasal polyposis is usually reserved for patients who are not surgical candidates or who require temporization of symptom relief.
  • Rarely do the polyps resolve, but they occasionally shrink enough to provide symptomatic relief.

Patient Education

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