• Nasal Polyps Similar Conditions

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Hypertrophy (overgrowth) of turbinates:

  • It is a condition where there is obstruction of nasal passages due to overgrowth of the nasal wall tissues.
  • The main reason for this is long standing allergic rhinitis (inflammation of nose).
  • The main symptoms are watering nose, sneezing, nasal blockage and mouth breathing.
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Inverted Papilloma

  • Papillomas are wart-like growth arising out of the outer layer of the nasal passage. They tend to grow inwardly and hence the name.
  • They occur as a result of an infection caused by Human Papilloma Virus.
  • The symptoms are one-sided nasal mass, commonly fleshy in nature. Sometimes it may occur behind a nasal polyp.
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  • Nasopharyngeal angiofibroma is a benign and locally aggressive vascular tumour that grows in the back of the nasal cavity.
  • It most commonly affects teenage boys.
  • Patients with nasopharyngeal angiofibroma usually present with one-sided nasal obstruction and recurrent bleeding.
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Foreign Body:

  • Foreign body in the nose is usually encountered in emergency medicine. Patients are generally small children.
  • Often the accompanying people may give a history of the patient inserting an object in the nose.
  • Objects could be anything like parts of toys, beads, rubber, seeds of fruits/vegetables etc. Nasal bleeding may also be evident.
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Congenital Lesions:

  • There are inborn lesions of nose like gliomas, dermoids, encephalocele, cysts, neoplasms which may present like nasal polyps but can be diagnosed by MRI or CT Scan.
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