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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Follow-up

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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Complications

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  • Intranasal

    • Recurrent sinusitis

    • Chronic sinusitis

    • Acquired nasal deformity

  • Orbital

    • Proptosis

    • Diplopia

  • Intracranial

    • Meningitis

    • Encephalitis

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Prognosis

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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.

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Patient Education

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