Nasal Polyps

In some cases, polyps grow into the nasal passage. They usually originate at the sinus openings. Polyps are like teardrop-shaped collections of inflammatory cells, fluid, and tissue. They are covered by a mucous membrane. They can grow in response to infection, allergy, locations of abnormal contact, or for unknown reasons. When polyps are widespread, it is usually from some underlying mucosal abnormality.







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Frequently Asked Questions

How fast do nasal polyps grow?

Nasal polyp growth varies. Typically, a polyp will continue to grow for several months.

Can nasal polyps affect your eyes?

Advanced or extreme cases of nasal polyps can affect the vision, resulting in double vision due to changes in the facial structure.

Is nasal polyps surgery painful?

Some discomfort can be expected after nasal polyp surgery, but this can be treated using prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Are you awake during nasal polyp removal?

Most nasal polyp removal surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, meaning you are not awake.

How long does a nasal polyp surgery take?

In most cases, nasal polyp surgery takes about 30 minutes or more to complete.

What are nasal polyps commonly associated with?

Nasal polyps are the result of chronic inflammation and are often associated with issues such as recurring infections, asthma, allergies, immune disorders, or drug sensitivity.

Can nasal polyps cause shortness of breath?

Nasal polyps may cause shortness of breath due to blocking the nasal passages.

When should I be worried about nasal polyps?

You should see a doctor if your nasal polyp symptoms last longer than 10 days.

Who commonly develops nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps can develop in anyone- from kids, to adults, to the elderly.

What are the symptoms of nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps are a sign of inflammation within the sinuses. They will commonly cause thick drainage, increased postnasal drip, nasal congestion, altered sense of smell/taste, and recurrent sinus infections.

What are some of the risk factors for nasal polyps?

Although there are some risk factors for nasal polyps, most commonly they are idiopathic with no known cause. Patients who have asthma, cystic fibrosis, or a family history may be at a higher risk for nasal polyps.

How can I prevent nasal polyps?

There are no ways to prevent nasal polyps. If you suspect you have nasal polyps, it is best to be assessed by an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist to confirm that you have polyps, and come up with a treatment plan. Treatment can include topical steroids, surgery, and sometimes biologic medications to prevent recurrence.

How are nasal polyps treated?

Nasal polyps are typically treated with surgery, followed by nasal sprays, oral steroids, and/or biologic medications.


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Jeffrey L. Cutler, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Cutler is board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology and received his medical degree at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. He performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. In addition, he completed a 1 year fellowship in nasal and endoscopic sinus surgery.  His area of expertise includes the medical and surgical treatment of complicated sinus and skull base diseases.  Dr. Cutler has published many articles on office based nasal and sinus procedures - particularly on balloon sinus and Eustachian tube dilation  When not at the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, skiing and cycling.

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