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Overview of Nasal Polyps

Overview of Nasal Polyps

Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is a complex health issue which affects 1-4% of the general population.

 Nasal polyps most often present with symptoms of:

While the disease process is not fully understood, there is a strong association of chronic nasal and sinus inflammation in the development of these nasal polyps. Chronic sinus infections and chronic allergic inflammation are common examples of inflammation sources, however there are less common disease processes such as cystic fibrosis which can be associated with nasal polyps as well. Therefore, there are a wide variety of clinically proven treatment options which are aimed at shrinking or removing the polyps and resolving the physical obstruction caused by them as well as treating the underlying source of chronic inflammation.

 Types of medication management options for this issue include:

Unfortunately, not all sinus disease or polyps are manageable with medications alone. In these cases, endoscopic sinus surgery can be used to physically remove the polyps and fully open the sinuses to yield a significant level of relief. Removing the polyps helps to directly reset patient’s back to their normal baseline, and correcting any sinonasal obstruction at the same time will allow the sinuses to drain mucus properly and increase the physical accessibility of the sinuses for common maintenance therapies.

 If you have been diagnosed with nasal polyps or are concerned that you may be experiencing this issue and would like to pursue further diagnostic evaluation and management, call our office at 404-255-2918 to schedule an appointment.

 

Author
Aaron Nakano, NP Nurse practitioner Aaron specializes in otolaryngology managing the full spectrum of ENT conditions at Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. He provides his patient-tailored services through the Sandy Springs location in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Ramie A. Tritt, MD Ramie A. Tritt, MD, FRCSC, specializes in nasal and sinus surgery as well as snoring and sleep apnea surgery at Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C.’s Sandy Springs location in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Tritt graduated from medical school with honors from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He completed his otolaryngology residency at McGill University and his fellowship in otology and head and neck surgery at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Tritt is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Tritt has been an instructor at national ENT meetings, a Medical Advisory Board member for computer image-guided sinus surgery, and been recognized by Atlanta Magazine as a “Doctor Who Doctors Go To”.

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